Often asked: How To Sew Horsehair Braid Into A Round Hem?

How to Sew a Horsehair Braid Hem | Megan Nielsen Patterns Blog

Horsehair braid is a type of crinoline netting used to give structure and body to hems, hats, and sleeves. It’s one of my favorite ideas because it produces truly amazing results while being ridiculously simple to apply.

Anatomy of horsehair braid

Horsehair braid is a netting made of nylon or polyester that is quite flexible and has thread woven through the top edge, allowing you to pull on the loops and shape the braid to fit your hem better, which is especially useful for circle skirts.


Because horsehair braid trim can be scratchy and unravel, it’s best to encase it in some sort of binding. For this skirt, I simply cut a piece of selvedge from scrap fabric to bind the edge, then handsew it in place!

Where to buy horsehair braid

If you come across any others, please let me know and I’ll add them to the list!

Can you iron horsehair braid?

Hi, I’ve successfully ironed horsehair/crinoline hems with a cotton press cloth (similar to your tea towel) and the lowest steam heat setting – I’m very careful not to let the iron slip and touch the poly crin’. it’s great, and really freshens up the shape and volume of the hem.

What is a horsehair trim?

Horsehair braid is a type of crinoline netting with a gathering thread on one side that can be used as a decorative trim or an internal stiffener. It’s made of 100% polyester and works well with a variety of fabric weights.

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How do you hem a lined dress?

1. With all garment seams open, zigzag stitch a quarter of an inch in from the raw edge at the bottom of the dress; trim the raw edge as close to the zigzag stitches as possible without catching the sewing thread; fold and press the hem under using a sewing gauge to measure the fold accurately.

What is a horsehair skirt?

Horsehair braid is a crinoline netting that is made from polyester (but used to be made from horse hair). It has a variety of uses, but one of the most common is to hem dresses and skirts with it. It stabilizes the hem and gives it structure and fullness. I love it and use it to hem circle skirts.

What is horsehair fabric used for?

Horsehair fabrics are sought after for their lustre, durability, and care properties, and are primarily used for upholstery and interiors. Horsehair is also used in crafts such as horsehair hitching, braiding, pottery, and the creation of jewelry such as bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and barrettes.

How do you use a horsehair braid?

Turn your horsehair braid to the inside of your skirt and sew 1/4u2032u2032 (0.6cm) from the raw edge all the way around the hemline, essentially creating a rolled hem with a total seam allowance of 1/2u2032u2032 (1.3cm). Pin your horsehair braid in place and be careful that your hemline is neat.

How do I stop crinoline fraying?

Millinery Using Crin

  1. Bind. Crin will always fray when cut, so the ends must be bound, or covered, with ribbon to prevent loose ends from fraying or poking through fabrics.
  2. Wire. Using wire is one of the best ways to shape crinoline.

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