Skirt Sew Along Part 7: Hem


All we have to do is hem our skirts and we are all done!

I chose to hem the blue skirt using my sewing machine and use a hem facing to start hand stitching my pink one. You can choose either method.

The hem I most often use is just a simple machine stitch which we will go over first.

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First I like to use a long basting stitch to go around the hem of the skirt. I am using a 1/2 inch seam allowance here because I want my final hem to be 1 inch to allow that fun border to show.

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Next I like to press the raw edge up so that the stitch I just made is at the bottom as seen in the picture above.

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Next I press that piece up again so that the basting stitch is at the top of the hem.

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Press it all down nice and flat.

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Just shorten your stitch from the basting length and go all the way around the hem. I found this method gives me the best results and the most even hem. You’re done!

Now to sew a blind stitch by hand. I admit I don’t do this often because I just don’t have the patience, but it does make for a nice finish and a pretty inside.

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Start by sewing your hem facing all the way around your hem. I used a zig-zag stitch. Sew it to the right side of your fabric.

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You will fold the lace up and do a stitch as shown above catching the lace and catching just a few threads of the main fabric. I am using non matching colors of thread to help you see better, but you will want to choose a thread that matches your skirt fabric.

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Your stitches will be barely visible from the outside as shown above. That is why matching thread is important.

Now a final result! I have the blue one fully completed and just need to find a matching thread for the pink skirt to hem it.

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Ta-da! I think it turned out very cute. Don’t mind my two different colored legs, I had surgery done on one a few weeks ago. I am favoring one which makes the hem look crooked. I did double-check it for accuracy though. I can’t wait to see any versions that were completed out there. Thanks for sewing along!

One thought on “Skirt Sew Along Part 7: Hem

  1. judy

    Staci, I love how this one turned out. The fabric is adorable..So sorry , I didnt get to get the pattern in time to follow along..but.. I have it and intend on doing with my older grandaughter.Thanks for sharing.

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