Grandma to the Rescue!
"The priceless time we spend as a family around our sewing machines are a great gift. Sometimes we don't know which project will call our name. That is what happened to me when my granddaughter sent this picture of the prom dress she fell in love with that was 4" too long for her and seven layers deep. Her text was "Grandma, can you hem this for me please?" Emily (Emmy) came that night for her first fitting and as she stood on my big round coffee table, we had so much fun talking about the upcoming prom.
I pinned the first layer and the next was the fearful cut, as I'm sure everyone who sews can relate to. ("What if it's too short?") As sewists, we always want it to be perfect. Next, it was onto two layers of crenolin. I hand basted the top three layers together as one and then pinned it up so that I could access the center layer of satin which was hemmed with the rolled hem foot. Basting the three netting layers together allowed me to be able to cut all three layers to one to keep them all even.
Each day, Emily came on her lunch hour for a fitting. In the busy life of a teenager, it was wonderful having her at lunch. Seeing the excitement in her face as her dress was being done was priceless. It brought back memories of when my daughters needed their prom dresses fixed. My daughter's dresses were sewn on one of my first Janome machines, which was then called the New Home Combi. "Remember that one?", it still sews today! I have always loved the feeding system on my Janome, especially when working with fine slippery fabrics and the rolled hem foot makes hemming the fine silky fabrics easy. Even now it amazes me at how easily my new Janome computer handles so many difficult tasks.
Emily took her picture in the mirror and her big smile showed her happiness. As sewists, I know you all have had some of these special moments as well in your sewing room. I hope this blog post makes you sit back, smile and remember a special moment." - Nancy Burg, Janome Educator
Emily and her date were chosen Prom Queen and King. Congratulations!