When I first learned to sew, I didn’t give hems much thought. I’d learned to do a simple turned hem on my first dress, and didn’t really look back. Hems are a piece of cake, I thought.
That is, until I tried to sew my first circle skirt. The deep curve of the hem – literally a circle – made it almost impossible to make my trusty turned hem look good. There were puckers and waves and uneveness everywhere. I was lost.
As I progressed into more advanced projects and specialty fabrics, like sheer silks or heavy wools, I realized that I needed a lot more in my toolkit than one basic turned hem.
The truth is, different garments call for different hems, and choosing and executing the right way is a bit of an art. It’s also one of the many true design decisions you get to make when sewing your own clothes.
Welcome to Sept-hem-ber!
All this month, we’re celebrating hems!
Devon (our sewalong teacher) and I have teamed up to show you how to sew a variety of hems all month long.
- How to make sure your hem is even.
- Everything you need to know about stabilizing hems.
- Several options to finish the raw edge of your hem.
- How to stitch a hem by hand.
- How to sew basic turned hem by machines, and a few different options for doing it.
- How to sew a machine rolled hem.
- How to sew a faced or shaped hem.
- How to sew a baby hem.
- How to sew a mitered corner.
Plus, we’ll be referencing some of our previous posts on hems, like how to sew a blind hem and how to sew a curved turned hem.
Get the free hem guide!
At the end of the month, I’ll be compiling all of these wonderful tutorials in one place for you, so you can have them on your computer or tablet whenever you need them.
Can you guys tell I’m really into making freebies lately?
To get the free ebook, click the link below to enter your email. When the guide is ready, we’ll mail it right to you! It should be around the end of the month (I hope).
What’s your favorite hem?
Do you have a favorite type of hem to sew?
Mine is definitely the machine-sewn blind hem. I love the finish and how fast and easy it is. What about you?