How to Sew a Narrow Hem

alt="How to sew a narrow hem"/>Ding dong! Here I am, back to the blogging and sewing tutorials world to bring you my latest labor of sewing love in this “How to sew a narrow hem” tutorial.

With Easter and series 3 of The Great British Sewing Bee both over I have been both busy and bursting with inspiration and ideas to share with you guys, but alas short on time to put it all down here…I know…I have been a naughty girl, keeping all my sewing knowledge and tips to myself for the past few months, but I promise to be bringing you more of these regularly from now on..I hope I am forgiven!

Learning how to sew a narrow hem is a lovely technique to apply to curves such circle skirts’ hems, necklines and armholes and it works very well both on woven (non stretchy) and stretchy fabrics.

In this tutorial I am working on a curved woven fabric hem, and although narrow hems are particularly good on curved edges, they can nevertheless be constructed on straight hems with equal success.

STEP 1. Sew a 1cm (3/8″) seam all along the edge of fabric to be hemmed.

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STEP 2. Take your fabric to the ironing board and folding the hem about 1mm above the stitchline steam press all along its length.

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STEP 3. Take your fabric back to the sewing machine and sew another seam about 5mm (just over 1/8″) above the first seam.

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STEP 4. Using some small pointy scissors such as embroidery scissors trim all aroud the seam allowance about 2mm (1/16″) above the second seam.

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STEP 5. Fold the hem up about 1- 2mms above the second stitching line and steam press.

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STEP 6. Take your fabric back to the machine and sew a seam about 5mm (just above 1/8″) from the folded edge of the hem.

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STEP 7. Give your hem a good press et voila’. You’re done! Here is how to sew a narrow hem and what this looks like on the right and wrong sides of your garment. Impressed? 🙂

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Right side vew

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Wrong side view

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2016-10-20T06:10:54+00:00 April 12th, 2015|Tutorials|0 Comments

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