For a long time, I used a six strand cord of embroidery floss to make my hem stays.
Is that what they are called?
I couldn’t think of a better term for them.
They are the cords that keep the hem of dress pants and its lining from straying too far from each other.
They look like this:
Once I realized that the embroidery floss wasn’t holding up well to everyday wear, I began to use Perle Cotton.
I buy it at quilting shops and it comes on a spool that looks like this:
As you can tell, it is a little thinner than the original cord that is put in by the manufacturer.
But, about a year ago, it dawned on me that I could use a strip of satin ribbon just as easily and it would hold up well.
I like that I don’t have to thread a needle with any cording.
That, in itself, was an encouragement to me.
I cut two pieces of ribbon (one for each pant leg) into about three inch pieces:
I don’t measure; I just eyeball it.
Then, I fold under one edge of the ribbon and machine stitch it to the seam allowance just above the hemline on the pant:
Then, I take the other end of that same strip and fold under the edge and attach it to the lining seam allowance:
It takes a little bit of manipulating to get it sewn on the seam allowance without catching other parts of the lining.
But, I patiently work on it until I get it just right.
And, it occurred to me today, that I don’t have to work so hard to get the ribbon sewn onto only the seam allowance!
I can stitch right through the lining.
Yes, the stitches show through the lining, but they won’t be seen as they are up the hem of the lining a few inches:
I can hear some of you out there saying, “Duh!”
I love it when I get a new idea that saves me time and makes things a little easier.
How about you?
Have you been doing this trick for years?
What do you make your hem stays out of?