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The Biggest Problem When Hemming Your Pleats

For those of you who are going to hem your fabric before it gets pleated, this is a WARNING!  Below is a problem we see time and time again, and it often ruins the fabric.  The reason for this is the fact that after the fabric is hemmed, the length of one side has stretched and is longer than the other side.  See the diagram below:     Below is an example of a hem that has been stretched after hemming.  Since the fabric is not a perfect square it will be pleated off grain.   If we attempt to shirr the distance of the stretched hem, then we will have puckering as in the photo below:   As a result...

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