Quick Quick Hem

Have you ever needed to hem jeans or cuffs and know it will be hard, if not impossible to replicate the hem. This technique commonly used on jeans also works well for other ready made items. The jacket below was made with french terry.Tuck folded to take up the extra lenght in sleeve.

To do this technique, you will be making a tuck above the hem and sewing the tuck right above the hem that was on the original garment. The tuck is folded into the sleeve and checked to see if the new length is correct.



Baste the tuck together being careful  to only baste the tuck.  If you are fearless you can try just pinning. 

Sew The Tuck




Trim the fabric that you have tucked and finish the raw edges.  If it is a knit,it isn’t necessary to finish the raw edge.

Final Hem


The original hem is the still there.  That is the stitching that is visible.  It is a cover stitch but part of the sleeve blocks the view


Sewing Machine Feet

Sewing Machine Feet

One of my favorite feet for my Pfaff machine is the Pfaff adjustable guide foot.

The bar adjusts so you can stitch an exact amount from the edge of your fabric or another seam. I have used it many times to insure a true 5/8 seam allowance and for sewing even rows of decorative stitches.

There was a discussion about this foot on one of the Yahoo groups. They suggested using this foot for channel stitching. The foot can track 1 inch apart. The next time I quilt, this will be the foot for me. Much easier to attach this foot than the quilting guide that comes with our machines. If you move your needle position you can track up to 1¼ inches apart.

There may be many more uses for this foot or others that I haven’t thought about. Other brands of machines may have a similar foot. Now I must check on a foot for my Viking machine.

Happy Sewing

Bed Sizes

Sewing a quilt, making sheets, bedspreads?  This chart will help you determine the size for your project.

Mattress Sizes

Crib Mattress Size: 28″ x 52″

Twin Mattress Size (Single): 39″ x 75″

Full Mattress Size (Double): 54″ x 75″

Long Twin Mattress Size: 36″ x 80″

  • Most beds in college dorms have long twin mattresses

Queen Mattress Size: 60″ x 80″

King Mattress: 76″ x 80″

California King Mattress Size: 72″ x 84″


There are so many different sizes for finished quilts  that it can be confusing.  To determine the finished size quilt that you would like try the following:

            For the Width:

                      Take the width of the mattress and add the amount of 

                       drop  you would like on each size (x2). 

            For the length start with

                       length of the mattress plus the drop of the foot of the

                       bed.    Add the amount you would like at the head of the

                       bed.   If  you want to tuck  your quilt into the pillows you

                      will need to add amount 10 inches.

This will get you a finished quilt measurement.  Some quilts are square and other are rectangles and the sizes that I find for finished quilts vary a lot.