Friday, 27 July 2012
This is the homemade hem gauge I made for hemming the receiving blankets. The idea was originally seen on pinterest, although I didn't actually read the article in question. Now I can't find the pin. for the blankets, I folded the edge over to the 1-inch mark (first black line), pressed it, then tucked the edge under all the way to the fold to make a 1/2-inch hem.
For the hem of my dress below, which was difficult to press, I just folded over half an inch, pinned it all around, then stitched it down. Then I used my hem gauge to press a 1-inch hem.
Which I am now stitching by hand. I find hand-sewing nice and calming. I feel skilled and competent and somehow connected to all the women throughout history who have done the same.