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Hem a Pleated Skirt

Threads #181, October/November 2015

For the best results when hemming a pleated skirt, there are some very important steps you have to take. Get the rundown in this article from Threads #181 (October/November 2015).

If a pleated skirt’s hem allowance is simply turned up and stitched in place, it won’t lie flat. Since the hem allowance’s folds must be oriented in the opposite direction from the rest of the skirt’s folds, hemming a pleated skirt requires preparation. The key is to first press the lower pleated section completely flat to eliminate the pleat folds. Then, hem the skirt and reset the pleats in the appropriate direction. Follow along to learn exactly how to apply this practical technique.

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