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Posted on: 2/17/11 11:20 PM
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This is an easy way to make a very narrow hem.

(1) Turn under hem 1/4 - 3/8 inch and press. This works well with most fabrics on straight edges. However, if you have stubborn or slippery fabric or are hemming a curved edge, you can stitch 1/4-3/8 inch from the raw edge and press fabric to the inside along the stitching line.

(2) With wrong side facing up, stitch close to folded edge of hem, using inside notch of all-purpose presser foot as a guide (if your presser foot has one -- close to needle not outside edge). I usually end up stitching on top of previous stitching or very close to it. It doesn't matter, you won't see it from outside.

(3) Trim hem very close to stitching. You now have a very narrow hem with a raw edge.

(4) Turn hem one more time and stitch about 1/8 inch from bottom of hem. I usually do this from the right side of the fabric. The weight of the hem will keep it turned to the wrong side if you hold it down a little just outside the presser foot. You can also stitch from the wrong side, being sure to stay an consistene distance from the hem edge. Do not stretch fabric as you stitch.

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sport said... (3/3/13 12:55 PM) Reply
Thanks so much for posting this. I had read about the technique before but needed a visual in order to absorb it :). I just tried it on a very slippery silk, and it worked beautifully!
renren said... (4/7/11 12:53 PM) Reply
Wow, thanks, kat, this is a wonderful way to get a narrow hem, something I usually find pretty tricky to do. ETA: Kat, I just used this technique and it worked beautifully on my new top! Thanks.
wendymbond said... (3/12/11 7:16 PM) Reply
Now I feel like I can actually attempt a narrow hem! Thank you!
Scheri said... (3/2/11 0:03 AM) Reply
This is a great tip. I have used this same tip from Threads DVD Techinques Volume One. Works so well on organza.
RosieN said... (2/23/11 7:58 PM) Reply
This tip works wonderfully well! And so timely for me. I am making a ruffled toddler dress and was about to use a rolled serger hem on it. This worked out so much nicer. Thanks!
elsbethany said... (2/20/11 1:46 PM) Reply
I thought this was explained very well and easy to follow
jannw said... (2/18/11 1:29 PM) Reply
Great that you posted this..each time I've tried your technique, it has worked beautifully. Thanx for posting
lca said... (2/18/11 1:26 PM) Reply
Thanks! Just in time for a narrow hem I will be doing this weekend.
elsew said... (2/18/11 9:01 AM) Reply
Must give this a try to perfect the technique before I actually need it! Looks like it will work well...thanks for the tip.
 
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