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7.06.2012

How To Sew A Rolled Hem Without A Rolled Hem Foot

I have another hemming trick for you today. Rolled hems look so good and would be impossible to hem like regular double fold hems. You can buy a special foot to sew rolled hems, but I find them difficult to use. They take a long time to learn and get used to, and I found even after I learned, I would still have to unpick a part of every hem I did. I sew rolled hems a different way and actually prefer this way. I will say that it takes longer and has extra steps, but it looks really good. I know it's used by professionals, but it's easy enough for anyone to do.
You will see it on any lightweight material, sheer or not. It's perfect for high low hems that are all the rage right now. It's also used a lot on wedding dresses. Today I will show you on the wedding dress I just finished. (I'll show you the full reveal after she gets her bridals done.)
                                In The Wavy Dress                          The Dinner Party Dress                                   Added Godet Wedding Dress

1. Put your dress or skirt on and mark where you want your hem to be. Don't cut it! This is my marking in white chalk.
2. Fold on the line with the extra part towards the back. Sew an 1/8" from the fold in matching thread.
This is looking and the inside of the dress.
3. Trim the extra fabric off as close to the stitching as possible. Be very careful not to cut into the other side!
Don't worry about the trimming being perfect.
4. Roll the fabric towards the inside enclosing the raw edge. Sew 1/8" from the fold. Backstitch at the end.
Press your beautiful rolled hem.
 

13 comments:

  1. That is FANTASTIC! So much easier! Thank you :)))

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  2. I will definitely be using this trick - thanks!

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  3. Mm hm. Sometimes I wonder why we have to make it so much harder for ourselves.
    Great tip!

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  4. You are a life saver! I made a deal with my mom, if I hem her skirts that are to long she's iron my families laundry. I took her first skirt home with me and could not figure out how to get a nice rolled hem, I really hope I can figure this out, I did already cut it so I guess I'll just have to make it a little shorter? Just found you blog today, LOVE it!

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  5. Excellent tutorial! Your way is soooo much simpler... especially since you don't cut until after you sew... makes it so much easier to hold onto the fabric! Thanks for sharing this tip...

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  6. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I can't purchase my special foot yet, but I want to get started so this is just what I needed. Thanks again!

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  7. So you fold it, sew it, fold it again and sew it again? All folds to the inside of the garment?

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    1. Yes this is right. Don't forget to trim the seam allowance after the first folding and sewing.

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  8. this is one of the most helpful tutorials I have seen!! I have always wondered how people get the perfect finish on the rolled hem, specially on flowing fabrics! It was driving me crazy thinking of doing the rolled hem by a rough hand stitch first and getting it right..I am definitely gonna try this out :)

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  9. Heather, does this method do nicely on satin as well? Thank you.

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    1. Yes! I've used it on all types of woven fabrics with great results!

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  10. Heather...I am working on a prom gown of stretch material. Would you make any technique modifications? Thank you

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