Importance of a wide fabric hem
A wide fabric hem is essential for many reasons. Not only does it add a finished look to your project, but it also helps reduce the risk of your fabric catching on things while you’re wearing it. And if you’re ever in a bind and need to quickly sew up a hole in your shirt, having a wide hem will definitely come in handy. Here are four tips to help you hand sew a wide fabric hem without any problems:
1. Choose the right thread color
When hand sewing a wide fabric hem, it’s important to use the right thread color. You don’t want the hem to show through, so choose a light color that won’t be too noticeable. Dark colors can make the seam difficult to see.
2. Make sure your needle is sharp
A sharp needle is key when hand sewing a wide fabric hem. If the needle isn’t sharp, it’ll be difficult to stitch through the fabric and create a strong seam. Keep an eye on your needle’s point as you go, and make sure it’s always staying sharp.
3. Take your time
One of the biggest mistakes people make when hand sewing a wide fabric hem is rushing
Cutting your fabric with safety shears
Sewing with safety shears is essential for anyone sewing with wide fabrics. Improperly cutting fabric can lead to cuts that are difficult or impossible to heal, which can result in a sloppy seam and a ruined garment. Follow these tips to ensure safe and accurate cutting:
1. Cut through the fabric at the fold line, not the actual fabric.
2. Use even pressure when cutting; do not jerk the fabric or repeatedly press down on the blade.
3. If the blade slips, STOP and check your work; if it’s still unsafe, replace the blade and try again.
4. Make sure you have a clean, straight edge to guide the blade.
Making your hem allowance
When hemming a wide fabric, you may find that your hem allowance is different from what you are used to. Here are three tips for hemming a wide fabric without using hems:
1. Cut the fabric at the seam allowances and fold each piece in half. Mark the folded edge with a pencil.
2. Sew the two marked edges together, leaving a 1-inch seam allowance. Trim the seam allowance to 1/4 inch.
3. Turn the piece right side out and press the seams open.
Sewing the wide fabric hem
The wide fabric hem is one of the most common sewing tasks. It’s simple to do and can add a touch of elegance to your garment. Here are instructions on how to sew a wide fabric hem without any hems.
1) Cut the fabric in half along the selvage (the thin edge at the top and bottom of the fabric).
2) Fold each half of the fabric in half, so that the selvages are still visible. Now press the folded edges together well.
3) Sew a ½-inch seam allowance down one side of the folded fabric. Trim off the excess Fabric seam allowance.
4) Turn right-side out and press well. Topstitch close to edge of folded Fabric seam allowance, being sure not to sew through fold.
Finishing Your Hem
There are many ways to hand sew a wide fabric hem without hemming tape or a hemming machine. Here are four methods:
1. Start by tracing the outline of your hem on to the fabric. Use a pencil or ruler to make sure your outline is accurate.
2. Cut the fabric along the traced line with a sharp pair of scissors. Be careful not to cut too close to the edge of the fabric – you’ll need enough fabric for a finished hem width of 1-inch (2.5 cm).
3. Turn the piece so that the raw edge is facing up and line up the newly cut edge with the original traced line on your fabric. Pin in place, then use a zigzag stitch or another type of straight stitch to sew the two edges together.
4. Trim any excess fabric away from the seam, then turn your hemmed piece right-side out and press it gently with a hot iron. Hemming tape may be used to finish off this edge if desired.