Marking a hem
Put on the garment, with all the appropriate undergarments and accessories. Enlist the help of a friend to chalk or pin-mark the hem an even distance from the floor. Stand in one place while your helper moves around you, measuring with a yard stick. (meterstick) and marking.
Pin up entire hem to make sure you like the length. Make adjustments as needed.
Preparing to Hem
- Trim the seam allowances below the marked hem-line to reduce bulk.
- Fold up the hem along the marks and hand-baste it to the fabric, close to the fold. Measure and mark the desired hem depth from the fold. Add 1/4″ (6mm) if you are clean-finishing the edge. Trim away the excess fabric.
- If the hem is curved, stitch only 1/4″ (6mm) from the raw edge with a long machine stitch. Pull the bobbin thread every few inches to ease the fullness.
To Clean-Finish the Edge
If your fabric tends to ravel, you may want to clean-finish the edge before you hem.
- Turn under 1/4″ (6mm) to the wrong side and press the fold. Machine-stitch.
- Machine-straight-stitch 1/4″ (6mm) from the edge. Trim the edge with pinking shears.
- Zigzag or overcast the raw edge.
- Edgestitch a seam binding or hem tape to the right side of the garment edge, overlapping the short ends.