Hi Joy, I moved your question over to a “hemming” thread so that others could easily see your question.
When I weave “cup” towels (I weave a little over double the depth of the tuck in I want for each towel. At the halfway mark between the towels I throw in a bright contrasting colour of larger yarn – like a bit of 8/4. When my towels are off the loom I zigzag across the hems on both towels, and cut them apart along that contrasting yarn. I then should have a secure section of sewing thread hem that will lie flat between the two layers of the towel.
Maybe others will share their methods of finishing their hems.
Greetings from Newfoundland. I am a little bit behind in sampling, but I am trying to create tea towels (called cup towels in NL) for the first time. I am using 2/16 cotton yarn doubled in both the warp and weft. Everything is going along fine and I will send a photo when the 4 are done. But…………..I have a question. I am concerned about the hems. I have read that, if I want a fairly thin, not bulky, hem, I should weave about 1 – 2 inches with sewing cotton first. I have done this. I have woven 1 1/4 inches with the single sewing cotton. When it comes time to start folding under, I don’t want these threads to show. I only want the 2/16 cotton to show. Can you tell me how to go about this?
This is probably a silly question. I am hemming my last 2 sets of guild samples (12 towels) and I have allowed too much length for the hem. Instead of Jane’s recommended one inch allowance, I have left 2″. I cut off the excess and have turned them under, pinned and I am ready to hem. My question-do I need to zig zag the turned under part again since I cut off the excess which included the zig zag stitch. With repeated washings will the ends unravel under the turned hem? (I am hand hemming all of the towels.)