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How to Turn a Hem – video

How to Hem - video tutorial from Shiny Happy World

You’re the master of the straight line now, right? Well, now you get to practice it a little more. In this video you’ll learn how to turn a hem and stitch it in place.

This is a basic, double-turned hem on a straight edge – used for casual clothing and lots of craft projects. There are fancier ways of stitching invisible hems on more elaborate clothing but this is a good, easy technique for a basic hem.

Happy sewing!

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  1. I’ve been following this series and think it’s great. I am a somewhat experienced with the machine but it’s always good to refresh and see others’ techniques. Keep up the great videos!

  2. I’m a quilter but I am occasionally asked to alter clothing. I’ve seen this tool before but never bothered to find out what it was or how it worked. I’m definitely getting one before the next time I have to hem something! Thank you so much for this tutorial.

  3. i’m enjoying your videos. i’m a bdginner aka chicken and need all the training i could get. i get frustrated and, honestly, nervous when i get stumped. i must get over fear of failure. your videos have given me confidence and i look forward to more videos. thank you

  4. Wendi, I’m making two skirts and dress in the next few weeks. Any chance it’s a good time to get to the curved hem video? Thanks!

    • Probably not – but here it is in a nutshell. Let’s say you’re going to turn up your hem 1/2 inch, and then 1/2 inch again. That’s pretty standard for me.

      Run the bottom of your skirt through the machine so you sew a line of stitching 1/2 inch from the raw edge. You’re not sewing anything together – just giving yourself an easy guideline to follow.

      Now turn your hem up so the fold is right at that line of stitching, pressing it in place as you go. No measuring with the hem gauge needed.

      The second fold is just like any other – use the first fold of fabric as your guide.

      Hope this helps!

  5. Doris SAYS...

    Wendy, what I know about sewing I have learned myself by researching seems like all the sewists on the internet! It’s amazing how many different ways of doing a technique there is. I so appreciate yours as each step is clearly demonstrated. Even things I thought I knew the best technique, I learn yours are the best and easiest, for self taught sewers. Thank you so much and keep up with the basic techniques. Those are the ones we need to get etched in our brains. Again, thanks. So appreciated. Doris

    • wendigratz SAYS...

      Thanks so much for your nice note!

  6. Laura SAYS...

    I’ve been sewing (on & off) for 50+ years however, I am self-taught. Your videos are immensely helpful to me. They fill in the many blanks in my ‘education’ and as many other viewers have said it’s wonderful to have a clearly demonstrated set of techniques. It’s especially terrific that I can watch again & again for those techniques that I simply can’t retain. Thanks for taking the time to help so many of us be better crafters.

  7. Dorcas "Dee" Skinner SAYS...

    I love that little tool! I even used it quite a bit while making my puppy and kitty quilts, for quilting the squares. It was an easy guide for spacing lines and grids. Even though I wasn’t trying to be that particular, it just made it easy not to stray too far off my mark. I do hope you got to see the quilt pics recently,,,your tutorials and instructions were amazing, and I can’t say enough good things about the Shiny Happy World website!