Clean-Finish a Curved Shirttail Hem
Many shirttails have very tight curves at the side seams, and it can be difficult to produce a smooth line along the outside edge. In this technique, the front and back hem curves are completed before the side seams are sewn.
A curved hem is easier to sew if just a small amount of fabric is turned to the wrong side. First, trim the hem width to 3/8 inch.
|1. Serge the raw hem trimming off only the "feathers," or loose threads. The serging will not show in the finished hem.|
|Press the curved hem to the wrong side along the edge of the serging. Pressing such a narrow hem would be difficult without the serging to "beef up" the raw edge.|
|2. Baste along the outside curve with a 4.5 mm- to 5.0 mm-long straight stitch, close to the folded edge. Leave thread tails at both ends, and don't backstitch at either end.|