How to Sew a Narrow Hem on Lightweight Fabrics – Threads
Norma Bucko, a seamstress for Threads, demonstrates how to sew a baby hem, which is a good edge finish for prepleated fabrics because it doesn’t disrupt the pleat folds. Read “Pattern Hack: Dramatic Pleats,” p.72, Threads #194 (Dec. 2017/Jan. 2018).
Can you use hem tape on sheer curtains?
Trim the sheer to about 12 inch longer than your desired finished length and use hem tape to sew a hem to shorten sheer curtains. Hem tape works well on sheer fabric that is slippery or difficult to work with.
What is a rolled hem?
The rolled hem is a teeny-tiny hemming technique that finishes all of the seam allowances inside the hem. It is suitable for use on light to medium weight fabrics and, due to the size and neat finish of the hem, it is wonderful on sheer fabrics.
Can I use hem tape on chiffon?
If you absolutely must use it on chiffon, press the hem to length first, then use fusible hem tape (available at Joann). It’s a thin webbing that melts the layers together and is less noticeable.
Can you hem a chiffon dress?
Chiffon is a delicate, slippery fabric that can be difficult to hem. You can hem chiffon by hand or by machine, but either way, you should work slowly and carefully to achieve a smooth seam.
How do you keep chiffon from fraying?
To avoid fraying and messing up your chiffon, cut it with pinking shears and then French seam or serge all of your seams, which will hold it together much better.