How to Hem a Dress
Taking the scissors to a favourite piece might seem daunting but raising the hem can completely change a garment - and it's not it as scary as it sounds! Here's a super basic guide to hemming that is a great #isewlation project as well as extremely satisfying. You can do this by hand if you don't have a machine.
5 HOT TIPS
- Don't make your first attempt on a highly valued garment - give it a go on that old skirt/jeans you never really wear anymore.
- Use the correct needle. Use finer needles for lightweight fabric - and stronger, heavier needles for canvas, wool, denim etc.
- Make sure your garment is washed and ironed if necessary - wrinkles make getting a straight hem much harder.
- Make sure you have thread to match your garment colour - high contrast stitching will show every mistake and you're better than that. ;-)
- RELAX! It doesn't have to be perfect and you can always unpick and re-do bits.
2. Lay out garment for refined marking
3. Measure and mark the cut line
This line is where you will cut, leaving 2cm to use for the new hem.
Eg: if it was 10cm from the existing hemline to the new hemline, cut 8cm off the garment.
4. SNIP SNIP!
Ok, that's the scary part done!
5. Serge your new hem
Use an overlocker if you have one (you only need the 3-thread setting for this).
If you're on a domestic machine, use zigzag. Set your zigzags wider and your stitch length shorter for best results.
If sewing by hand, use a blanket stitch - try YouTube for tutorials.
TIP: Practice on some of the cut-off fabric to get the stitching right. Not all fabrics have the same needs or behaviour.
TIP: pin at the side seams, centre front and centre back first, then do each quarter separately to get the most even results.
9. Finish up