Hemming Techniques - Overview and The Curved Hem

Hi Everyone! Let's talk about - Sewing Hems! A well-sewn hem is a skill every seamstress should master. Throughout this month-long topic, we will go over a variety of hemming techniques so you are familiar with the types as well as the best choices for the fabrics you are working with. Over the course of this 4 part topic we will cover:

  • The Curved Hem
  • Hemming on Knit Fabrics
  • Hemming Chiffon or delicate fabrics
  • Hems with a tiny circumference and hem substitutions

There are so many different hem finishes to explore. It's going to be a fun month!

Are you ready? Let's go...

In the videos posted below, I share with you an overview of the month-long topic and then take a deep dive into our first tutorial - The Curved Hem. This technique is a great basic skill to master! There are a variety of ways to sew a curved hem and many of the patterns available include step by step instructions with slight variations. Experimenting with the techniques and figuring out which method works best for you and your fabric choice is the key to success!





Pattern Overview (designs with a curved hemline):

  • Liberty Jane Harper Skirt
  • Liberty Jane Piccadilly Skirt (shown in the video with added hem allowance)
  • Liberty Jane Abbey Road
  • Liberty Jane Hello Oscar
  • Liberty Jane Summer In Paris Tops (older pattern, the neckline could use this method for a nice finish)
  • Liberty Jane Mindil Beach Dress





    Looking for either version of my sewing books? You can find them here:

    Idiots Guide: Sewing (Amazon)

    Sewing For Beginners 4th Edition (Amazon)



    Week One task:

    • Pick a simple skirt or top design and practice this technique on the hemline or curved neckline.




    June 04, 2018

    I had never heard of this technique before, and I am so excited to try it! It looks WAY better than the eyeballing and repinning for hours method that I’ve been doing since I was a kid. That poodle skirt for Halloween in 6th grade was such a nightmare that I’ve been scared of doing a circle skirt since. I won’t be now!


    May 03, 2018

    @kathy – just a preference I guess :) I like to have a visual guide along the top of my fabric when sewing in a curve.


    May 02, 2018

    why chalk it? use the edge of the presser foot for 1/4"" stitching

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