How to Hand Sew a Hem
Iron the garment you want to hem and measure the hemline, then decide how deep you want it to be. A 1/4 inch (2 cm) hem works well for blouses, while a one-inch (2.5 cm) hem is recommended for pants. It produces slanted stitches on the wrong side of the garment, while it makes very small, barely visible stitches on the right side. Use a whipstitch if you don’t have a lot of fabric.
Righties work right to left with the needle pointed left; lefties work left to right with a right-pointing needle. How to Stitch the Hem: Begin with a tiny stitch at the seam line on the wrong side of the hem. Hide the “tail” of the thread by passing the needle through the hem.
What is the best stitch for hemming?
Stitch down the hem with a straight stitch in the center needle position; the default stitch length of 2.5 mm works well in most cases, but can be lengthened for heavier/bulkier fabrics.
What stitch is used for hemming?
Straight Stitch Hem: 1. Sew a finished edge on the raw edge to be hemmed with a serger or an overcast stitch.
What is the first step in stitching the hem?
Step 1: Press the hem twice more. Step 2: Insert the needle into the main fabric and bring it up at an angle through the hem fold. Step 3: Repeat, keeping the stitches even.
How do you keep fabric from fraying without sewing?
The application of a thin layer of nail polish along the fabric’s cut edge to prevent fraying is an easy, effective, and relatively inexpensive technique that works best with thin, lightweight fabrics. As shown below, a thin layer of nail polish is applied along the fabric’s cut edge.
How do you keep fabric from fraying by hand?
- Widen Seams. Cut sheer fabrics with a wider seam allowance.
- Sew French Seams. Sew a French seam with a wider seam allowance.
- Use Interfacing. Iron-on fusible interfacing on the edges works well to prevent fraying.
- Pinking Shears.
- Zig-Zag Stitch.