Sooooo, I looked at how the store bought unlined linen draperies I have from Restoration Hardware were hemmed on the sides and bottom, and figured I CAN DO THAT!!!!
But, I didn't know how. It looked really professional and complicated. They had hemmed it in a way I couldn't figure out.
Sooooo, I looked it up in my sewing machine instruction manual. I have a Baby Lock sewing machine. I love it. My old singer that I got for a college graduation gift from my parents was a piece of #$%. The bobbin thread was always tangling up. I spent most of my time trying to fix the machine, and never got around to actually sewing. So I stopped sewing for a few (30) years.
Soooooooooo, then I retired, and had the time to figure out the tension issue. My solution was to BUY A NEW MACHINE!!! The Singer machine I had learned to sew on was one of the old Feather Weight ones, it always seemed to work. They were great. Then something happened to the company, maybe they were bought by someone else, but the machines changed. So, I bought my Baby Lock (boy, I hate that name!!)
Here's a picture of my machine where I sew my magic!!! (and have my panic attacks, when I have screwed up once again. The great thing about sewing, is, a lot can be fixed with a good ripping tool!!)
Sooooooooooooooooooooo, now I am happy with my Baby Lock, and I will share with you how to hem like the big boys do!!
This is a picture of the pressure foot used to make a blind hem stitch!!!
The piece of metal that sticks down in the middle, helps guide the fabric edge in a nice straight line.
First.....cut your fabric!!!!
Second.....if you are making the panels fuller than a single width, (I made each panel for Miriam, a width and a half.)
(That means, you will have to cut one width in half and seam it to a full width.)
(If you want to know how to line up the fabric to match the repeats, check out my tutorial here)!!!!!
Third......hem the sides. AND THIS IS HOW TO DO THAT!!! Fold the edge over like this....
Then fold it over again, like this........