How to Sew a Narrow Hem: On-Set Tailoring Tips
Here’s what I call trade secrets. These are tips & tricks that we use to get the job done.
Majority of my sewing gigs I am rushing against a clock . . . I need to create beautiful alterations in record-breaking time.
Today I want to show you a trick that I use to shorten a button-down dress shirt using a piece of Buckram to sew a narrow hem. This trick is definitely something you can use in your everyday sewing.
Materials to Sew a Narrow Hem:
- Ruler or measuring tape
- Marking pencil or chalk
- 1 yard of tightly woven Buckram or BanRol tape 1-1 1/2″ Wide
- Sewing machine (I’m using the BERNINA 480)
Prep your Buckram to Sew a Narrow Hem:
Buckram comes tightly woven. You will need to use a straight pin or needle to expose the teeth. Start at the edge & pull the strings away from the buckram. The average tooth exposure is about 10 strings. If your sewing a larger hem pull more threads.
Step 1: Mark Your Cut Line
Make sure you leave enough to sew your hem, for instance if you are shortening 1 3/4″ & your hem is 1/4″ cut 1 1/4″
Step 3: Place Your Buckram Over Your Hemline
Line the loose tooth edge. Straight stitch
Step 4: Flip Your Shirt Over Enveloping the Buckram in the Fabric Creating the Hem
Step 5: Remove the Buckram & Press
You’re finished! You now have a beautiful narrow hem.