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How to make a Hem...Hemming, Making and Turning a Hem

Jamie hemming Kristina's denim skirt she made with hot pink top stitching and flat-felled seams.

     Unless you are top stitching a hem which will be done on the skirt shown above, a hem should be practically invisible from the pretty side of the garment.  The correct hem and depth suitable for the fabric and style should be used.

    A badly sewn or uneven hem can ruin the appearance of a garment.  You've taken your time and made the garment look wonderful and professional, make sure you do the same for your hem.

   You will want to mark your hem before you sew it.  Hems can be marked either by pinning by hand (as shown in the photo above) or with the help of a ruler and chalk or a disappearing fabric marker by marking a line on your hem.  You could also purchase an adjustable hem marker which helps guide you in marking your hem.

     As shown in the photo above it is best and a great advantage if another person can help you with the marking of your hemline. The person wearing the garment should stand still looking straight ahead while the other person moves around marking the hem.


-Put the garment on with the correct shoes.

-Turn up the hem and pin it at the desired length.

-Mark where you would like your hem to be.

-Turn up with the pins at the fold and tack 1/8" in from the folded edge.

-Press the fold only.

-Trim the remainder of the hem to a suitable width like 1 to 2 1/2", depending on how wide you would like your hem.

-About 3/4" from the raw edge tack the hem down onto the garment.



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