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Thursday, April 05, 2007

How To Sew A Narrow Curved Hem

Sewing Technique - Sew A Narrow Curved Hem

Sewing Friends:

Whether you are trying to hem a circular skirt or a curved shirt tail hem, it should not have angles or tucks in the hem. Try this easy sewing technique for better curves.

Here are the steps to sew a narrow curved hem.
  • Set the sewing machine for a regular stitch.
  • Stitch through a single layer of fabric around the bottom of the hem 1/4 inch away from the bottom edge.
  • Press up this 1/4 inch so that the stitches just slightly roll to the inside of the hem.
  • Now, turn the hem up 1/4 inch again.
  • Press the hem with steam. This will help ease in the hem to remove any extra fullness.
  • Stitch the hem in place

Try it. It just makes sense.

To Your Sewing Success,


Sewing Technique - Sew A Curved Hem - Circular Skirt - Shirttail Hem

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Blogger gleek said...

thanks for this! i wish i had seen it yesterday before i hacked off the bottom of my skirt :) next time!

6:30 PM  
Blogger mhomesch said...

This works for a narrow hem, but how would you sew a wide hem such as on a cape? I am making a cape for a child and want to leave some growing room, as well as have some weight to the bottom of the cape.

4:23 PM  
Blogger Marian said...

I would make a 1-1/2" hem on the cape. Press it up and steam to help ease in the extra fullness at the top finished edge of the hem. Hem by hand or blind hem by machine.

If you have extra fabric, save it. If at some point, you want to lengthen the cape, cut and sew a band to the bottom of the cape. Another option is just to wear the cape as a 3/4 length cape.

8:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Marian:
I am trying to hem a formal satin-like skirt, and it has a curved hem (fitted at the top and then full at the bottom). I need to hem it up a good 3-4 inches. Should I cut the fabric and then do what you said? Or is their another way?

A college student trying to get ready for a dance.

1:09 AM  
Blogger Marian said...

Three to four inches is much too much. Definitely mark and cut off the excess leaving only what you need to turn a narrow hem and then follow the instructions.

To Your Sewing Success,

8:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Marian
Just found your website....I added it to my favorites.
Any suggestions as to how I would mark a circular skirt for hemming? I will have to cut 6 to 7inches off before hemming as the skirt is long. The fabric is 95% polyester and 5% spandex (and is heavy). Thanks for any help or ideas. Jane

1:44 PM  
Blogger Marian said...


Wearing the shoes that you intend to wear with the skirt, have someone use a ruler to measure and mark the skirt with chalk or pins all around the skirt 6 or 7 inches up floor. Don't turn to do this. Have the person move around you to get an accurate mark. Then, remove the skirt and cut off what you don't need using the pins/chalk marks as your guide. Hope this helps.


11:59 AM  

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