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Shell Hem Edge

Apr 30, 2009
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Finished hem as seen from front side.

by Anna Mazur

In the June/July 2009 issue of Threads (Issue #143) author Anna Mazur creates 4 fabulous edge enhancements inspired by designer Elie Tahari. On one of her styles, the yellow, silk charmeuse blouse with pearls over the tucks, she added a shell hem edge on the sleeve cuff. Below, Anna walks you through the steps of creating this shell treatment to use on an edge of any garment.

1. Fold over the raw edge 1/4″. then fold over again another 1/4″.

2. Anchor the thread along the folded edge and take a tiny stitch directly below on the garment.

 

3. Travel the needle along the folded edge for 1/8″.

 

4.  Take a tiny stitch on the garment directly below where the thread exits the fold.

 

5. Travel the needle along the fold for 1/8″ and repeat step #4 above.

 

6. Wrap the thread around the outer edge, bringing the needle up from the front side through the fabric and through the edge on the fold.

 

7. Pull the thread to tighten the stitch and loop the thread a second time over the first stitch, tightening again. 

 

8. Secure the stitch.

9. Repeat steps 3-8.

 

10. This is the finished hem as seen from the front side.

 

Will you try this edge finish? 

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  1. User avater mommysew June 25th

    Never seen it before I love it!

  2. User avater dezzyw July 1st

    Lovely. Perfect for lingerie.

  3. denise December 9th

    Dear Anna, i do wish sometimes the authors of these articlew would read and leave a message.

    I am following the way you have done the neck line
    but where you have put the ribbon on the back confuses
    me i do not quite understand how to baste it on.

  4. BelleBeryl May 13th

    very pretty
    I am doing this on a skirt I am handsewing

  5. User avater Deana May 5th

    I'm so glad you like this technique. Check out the latest issue of Threads (#143 June/July)for even more edge treatments from Anna Mazur. If you don't subscribe, it hits the newsstands early next week.

  6. User avater Deana May 5th

    I'm so glad you like this technique. Check out the latest issue of Threads (#143 June/July)for even more edge treatments from Anna Mazur. If you don't subscribe, it hits the newsstands early next week.

  7. User avater KimsIdleHands May 5th

    I'm thinking (look out) this will be the extra special personal touch to my grandbaby's dedication gown.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  8. User avater TweedleDeee May 4th

    Wouldn't this also look nice with a small bead(s) added to the loop-over?

  9. sewhappy1221 May 4th

    MissesStitches - This is lovely done on flannel using Pearl Cotton crochet thread. It really is an old, old technique - one of my infant receiving blankets from almost 60 years ago is finished this way - it was done by my Grandma, and my Mom kept it through 6 kids, only using it for church, christenings, an other special occasions.

  10. User avater rr528 May 4th

    Very pretty! The next time I have an extra week to spend on a project, I'll try it!

  11. sewnsew7 May 4th

    I see no reason why this would not be beautiful on a receiving blanket. I have done it myself. JOYce

  12. User avater MissesStitches May 3rd

    I think this is just beautiful! And looks easy. Do you think it would work on flannel for a receiving blanket?

    MissesStitches.blogspot.com

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