Back to School Blog Hop: Tips for Hems

Sam Hunter (Hunter’s Design Studio & We Are Sew Worth It) is hosting a Back to School Blog Hop featuring bloggers with sewing/quilting pointers, I’m honored to be among such talent! I never feel like I can contribute much to things like this in the industry, but I’ve learned over time, we don’t know everything and there’s always a newbie or two in the crowd, so here I go!

I am going to show you one of the ways that I hem garments. This is not the way, the truth, and the light, so be cool…

First, start by making something, I have a Get Up and Go Skirt made with Frock Rayon.

When you get to the hemming step, take note of your hem allowance. I have a 1-inch hem on this skirt, so, by the time I’m done, my garment will be one inch shorter.

Using a long stitch length, baste 1 inch (or whatever your hem allowance is) away from the edge of your fabric, don’t backstitch.

Use any color thread that you want, if I have a bobbin color that I need off of my spool, I’ll use it now because I’ll later remove these stitches.

Head to your iron and press on the line you just created, take your time, especially if you are using something delicate and easily impressed.

Fold your edge into the crease that you made with your iron, press this as you go, use starch if you find your fabric isn’t staying in place, if I am sewing with lawn or voile, I use starch, if my 8 yr old is hemming rayon, I’ll use starch to make it easier for her to succeed.

You’ve created 1/2″ + 1/2″ folds to equal 1″. Please adjust the figures to your hem.

Now, pin your double-folded hem.

I pin with the right side facing out/towards me because I sew it with the right side out, I want the outside to look the best and you have to do it this way if you’re using a twin needle because the bobbin stitch is not a straight line.

Load up your thread for hemming. I am using a twin needle, it’s very easy and looks really nice.

Regardless of your needle, turn your garment to the wrong side up and check where you’d like your needle(s) to land and take note of where your fabric should line up (mine is at the edge of the presser foot).

Flip over your garment (right side up/out) and slowly stitch (removing pins as you go) all the way around your garment, backstitch or lockstitch.

Remove your basting stitches carefully.

Give your hem a final press and you are all done!

You can find the skirt pattern that of which I didn’t show pictures here: Get Up and Go Skirt

I purchased my Cotton + Steel Frock rayon at Intrepid Thread, they shipped fast!

New to the this series? Here are the past posts:

Sept 1: Peta Minerof-Bartos of PetaQuilts – So, Does that Diagonal Method for a Pieced Backing Really Work

Sept 2: Cheryl Sleboda of – The Quilter’s Knot

Sept 3: Teresa Coates of Crinkle Dreams – The Importance of Pressing

Sept 4: Cath Hall of Wombat Quilts – Color Coding for Paper-piecing

Sept 5: Sam Hunter of Hunter’s Design Studio – How to Calculate and Cut Bias Binding

Sept 6: Melanie McNeil of Catbird Quilt Studio – Credit where Credit is Due

Sept 7: Mandy Leins of Mandalei Quilts – How to Keep a Perfect 1/4” Seam Between Different Machines

Sept 8: Rose Hughes of Rose Hughes – Fast Pieced Applique

Sept 9: Megan Dougherty of The Bitchy Stitcher – The Care and Feeding of the Domestic Sewing Machine

Sept 10: Lynn Krawczyk of Smudged Design Studio – Make a Mobile Art Kit

Sept 11: Susan Beal of West Coast Crafty – Log Cabin 101

Sept 12: Sarah Lawson of Sew Sweetness – Zipper Tips

Sept 13: Jane Victoria of Jolly and Delilah – Matching Seams

Check out these blogs over the next 2 weeks for sewing and quilting tips on the Back to School Blog Hop:

Sept 15: Ebony Love of LoveBug Studios – Curved Piecing Without Pins

Sept 16: Misty Cole of Daily Design Wall – Types of Basting

Sept 17: Kim Lapacek of Persimon Dreams – Setting your Seams

Sept 18: Christina Cameli of A Few Scraps – Joining Quilted Pieces by Machine

Sept 19: Bill Volckening of WonkyWorld – The Importance of Labels

Sept 20: Jessica Darling of Jessica Darling – How to Make a Quilt Back

Sept 21: Debbie Kleve Birkebile of Mountain Trail Quilt Treasures – Perfectly Sized No-Wave Quilt Borders

Sept 22: Heather Kinion of Heather K is a Quilter – Baby Quilts for Baby Steps

Sept 23: Michelle Freedman of Design Camp PDX – TNT: Thread, Needle, Tension

Sept 24: Kathy Mathews of Chicago Now Quilting Sewing Creation – Button Holes

Sept 25: Jane Shallala Davidson of Quilt Jane – Corner Triangle Methods

Sept 27: Cristy Fincher of Purple Daisies Quilting – The Power of Glue Basting

Sept 28: Catherine Redford of Catherine Redford – Change the Needle!

Sept 29: Amalia Teresa Parra Morusiewicz of Fun From A to Z – French Knots, – ooh la la!

Sept 30: Victoria Findlay Wolfe of Victoria Findlay Wolfe Quilts – How to Align Your Fabrics for Dog Ears

October 1: Tracy Mooney of 3LittleBrds – Teaching Kiddos to Sew on a Sewing Machine

October 2: Trish Frankland, guest posting on Persimon Dreams – The Straight Stitch Throat Plate

October 3: Flaun Cline of I Plead Quilty – Lining Strips Up

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