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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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elsew said...
Must give this a try to perfect the technique before I actually need it! Looks like it will work well...thanks for the tip.
2/18/11 9:01 AM
lca said...
Thanks! Just in time for a narrow hem I will be doing this weekend.
2/18/11 1:26 PM
jannw said...
Great that you posted this..each time I've tried your technique, it has worked beautifully. Thanx for posting
2/18/11 1:29 PM
elsbethany said...
I thought this was explained very well and easy to follow
2/20/11 1:46 PM
RosieN said...
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!
2/23/11 7:58 PM
Scheri said...
This is a great tip. I have used this same tip from Threads DVD Techinques Volume One. Works so well on organza.
3/2/11 0:03 AM
wendymbond said...
Now I feel like I can actually attempt a narrow hem! Thank you!
3/12/11 7:16 PM
Renren said...
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.
4/7/11 12:53 PM
sport said...
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!
3/3/13 12:55 PM
 
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