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20 ways to get a perfect hem!

Rounded hems at Skirts, dresses, blouses or table cloth are just beautiful. There are many simple ways to do it!

YOU can do it too !!!!!

I used simple cotton fabric. But test it on a fabric remnant first! Have fun!

Simple hem

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Serge the raw edge.

Cut a stencil of the pattern out of cardboard. Iron the seam allowance around the stencil.

Stitch the hem. READY!

Fast hem

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If you have a serger, adjust the differential transport. The fabric will crimple a bit and easily go to the inside. Alternatively serge the raw edge, sew a loose seam in the middle and let the threads hang loose. Use these threads to crimple the seam allowance.

Iron the seam allowance and topstitch the hem. READY!

Fringed hem

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Sew a broad fancy seam a bit above the raw edge. Cut cautiously right beneath the seam with small gaps. Fray a bit with your fingers. After washing the the hem will be beautifully fringed. READY!

Ruffled hem

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Pin a ruffle right on right on the raw edge. Sew it on with serger or sewing machine.

Iron the ruffles down and topstitch the hem. READY!

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Ricrac- or lace hem

Sew Ricrac trim or lace with serger or sewing machine on the raw edge.

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Iron down the ricrac or lace and topstich the hem. READY!

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Arched hem

Pin embroidery backing on the left side of the fabric and sew a narrow arched seam with your sewing machine. To get a nice back of the seam adjust the thread tension.

Tear the outside backing first and cautiously cut the fabric away. Then tear away the backing underneath the fabric. READY!

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Stitched hem

Pin embroidery backing on the left side of the fabric and sew a very narrow zigzag stitch with your sewing machine. To get a nice back of the seam adjust the thread tension. Sew slowly along the raw edge. Tear away the backing. READY!

Rolled hem/ rolled shell hem

Sew a rolled hem with your serger. If you stretch the fabric while sewing you get a rolled shell hem. You can adjust the differential transport on some sergers to get this effect. READY!

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Hem with open piping

Cut a small band of non fraying fabric like interlock jersey, fleece or boiled wool. Stitch it right on right to the raw edge.

Iron seam to the left side, topstitch on the right side and trim the piping, if you want. READY!

Hem with lace or elastic lace on the outside

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Serge the raw edge and sew the lace/elastic lace on the seam. Use a broad fancy seam to cover the serger seam. READY!

Coverstitch hem

For a coverstitch hem iron the raw edge first, optionally with a stencil. Then stitch the hem. READY! Hem with bias binding

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Use commercial bias tape or alternatively cut a band of fabric in bias grain and stitch it left on right along the raw edge. Iron the fabric around the raw edge.

Fold the bias tape to the left side of the fabric, fold the raw edge inside, iron again and topstitch it. READY!

Hem with fabric piping

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Fold a long band of fabric in the middle and sew the open sides to the raw edge right on right.

Iron the seam allowance to the left side and topstitch it.

READY!

Fancy hem

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Sew narrow bias tape right on right to the raw edge.

Iron the bias tape completely to the left side and topstitch it with a small seam.

READY!

genuine piping

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Sew on a commercial piping trim right on right. Use a sewing foot for piping or zippers.

Fold the seam allowance inside and topstitch it on he right side.

READY!

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Hem with velvet trim

Serge the raw edge and iron it to the outside.

Sew on the velvet trim precisely on the hem. READY!

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So many beautiful hems - try them all! Have fun!

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Single examples of the finished design may sold commercially by individual seamstresses. However, greater quantities may not be sold without express written permission. The pattern is protected under copyright law and may not be photocopied, digitally scanned, photographed or otherwise reproduced without express written consent.

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