Rolled Hems…..Another Method

This is a fast and easy way to make a professional looking rolled hem on your wedding gown, formal dress, blouse or on an accessory like a scarf.

In my first post on how to make a rolled hem, I used a rolled hem foot.

This method doesn’t use a rolled hem foot.

In fact, you don’t need any extra gadgets on this one.

First, fold up your hem and press it:

fold up hem, rolled hems another method, 1039

Stitch close to that folded edge.

I like to stitch 1/8″ away from the fold:

stitching close to the edge, rolled hems another method, 1038

Then, as carefully as you can, trim close to the stitched edge, on the wrong side of the dress, taking great care not to cut the dress:

trim close to the edge of the stitching, rolled hems another method, 1037

Now, turn up the edge 1/8″ more and press:

turn up edge again, rolled hems another method, 1036

Turn to the right side and stitch close to the edge, about 1/8″ away from the edge:

stitch hem close to the edge, rolled hems another method, 1035

Once you are finished, you can look on the back side of the hem and see that there are the two lines of stitching:

back side of hem, two rows stiching, rolled hems another method, 1034

Because there are two lines of stitching, I don’t typically like to use this method on see through fabrics that are sheer.

But it works great on satins, crepes, silks, cottons, most polyesters, etc.

But on the right side of the dress, you’ll see only one row of stitching:

rolled hem final, rolled hems another method, 1033

I like to press the dress from the wrong side to ensure that there isn’t a “shine” from the iron.

That’s all there is to it.

See, I told you it was easy!

***The reason I don’t teach you to just fold the hem up about 1/4″ twice, press it and stitch it, is because it rarely lays flat on the curved edges. Even if you pin it really well, it can twist and turn on you and the result is less than professional looking.