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A Couture Hand-Rolled Hem | Video

This technique is easy to master and produces beautiful results

Jan 02, 2019

Couture expert and Threads Contributing Editor Susan Khalje shares a method for hand-sewing a narrow rolled hem worthy of any Parisian fashion house. She offers tips on setting up the hand-rolled hem project so there’s some tension on the hem, and she demonstrates the ladder stitch. This simple stitch magically rolls the fabric edge into a smooth, even finish.

If you prefer a machine-sewn narrow hem, try Kenneth D. King’s version, explained in “Rolled Hem with a Sewing Machine and Serger.”

Susan is a couture sewing expert who shares her knowledge as a teacher, author, and Threads contributing editor. She founded The Couture Sewing School in Baltimore, Maryland, 25 years ago, and it’s still going strong. She is the author of Bridal Couture: Fine Sewing Techniques for Wedding Gowns and Evening Wear (Krause, 1997) and Linen and Cotton: Classic Sewing Techniques for Great Results (The Taunton Press, 1999). Among…

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  1. Mihaela_Cristina January 10th

    Thank you Susan for this great tip!

  2. dahanit February 14th

    Thank you! So easy to do, and creates a beautiful hem!

  3. User avater sunnylutz February 22nd

    love this tip. I've never seen this ladder stitch before and will be sure to use it in the future. Thank you!

  4. KHaight June 30th

    This was extremely helpful. I used this on a silk shibori scarf from Japan. It was like magic when I pulled the thread and not difficult at all. Thank you Susan.

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