How to Make Rolled Hems & Machine Stitched Hems

Rolled (Machine Stitched) Hems Tutorial, courtesy of SewNeau.comEasy-to-follow, Step-by-step Instructions

About Rolled Hems and Machine Stitched Hems

Rolled hems (also called machine stitched hems) are often used in casual or sportswear. They may also be used for some styles of floor length dresses. A rolled hem, compared to a hand-stitched hem, is easier for the novice to create and will result in a more professional look.

How to Make Rolled Hems & Machine Stitched Hems

What You Will Need

  1. Sewing Machine
  2. Iron
  3. Ruler
  4. Pins
  5. Scissors or Pinking Shears
  6. Thread
  7. Tailor's Chalk

Procedure

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Pin up desired hem length, on the entire hem, spacing pins close to and parallel with edge. (Not Shown) Hold garment to self and view in a full length mirror, checking hem to insure its evenness and for a consistent distance from floor.

Step 2 - Rolled (Machine Stitched) Hem Tutorial, SewNeau.comStep 2

Press entire hem to form a crease. Be sure to use a setting on your iron that will not damage the fabric. Press on the inside (wrong side) of the garment.

Step 3 - Rolled (Machine Stitched) Hem Tutorial, SewNeau.comStep 3

Measure 5/8" up from the crease created in step 2. Mark with tailor's chalk around entire hem.

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Cutting on the line created in step 3, remove excess material with scissors. Use pinking shears if the fabric is subject to raveling.

Step 5a - Rolled (Machine Stitched) Hem Tutorial, SewNeau.comStep 5

Grasping the cut edge...

Step 5b - Rolled (Machine Stitched) Hem Tutorial, SewNeau.com

 

...fold to meet the crease created in step 2.

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Fold again (as in Step 5) concealing the cut edge and pin in place. Pin entire hem, spacing pins very close to one another and parallel with edge. Some fabrics resist folding and will require additional pins.

Step 7 - Rolled (Machine Stitched) Hem Tutorial, SewNeau.comStep 7

Stitch entire hem close to fold. Remove pins as they reach the presser foot. Note: contrasting thread shown in photo used for clarity only.

Step 8 - Rolled (Machine Stitched) Hem Tutorial, SewNeau.comStep 8

Press entire newly stitched hem. Be sure to use a setting on your iron that will not damage the fabric. Press on the inside (wrong side) of the garment. You're done!

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