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How to Sew a Double-Fold Hem

This method neatly finishes a straight or curved edge


A double-fold hem is a simple and clean way to finish the edge of a garment. In this video, garment sewing expert Judith Neukam walks through the process of sewing one wherever it’s needed, even around a curve.

Learn an easy way to press the first fold without burning your fingers, and then discover an ingenious way to get a curved section of the hem to lie flat with the help of machine basting. Finally, learn how to use a specialized presser foot to stitch the double-fold hem in place.

“How to Sew a Double-Fold Hem” is one of the episodes in Season 2 of the Teach Yourself to Sew series.

You can find more videos from this five-season series at TeachYourselfToSew.com

Teach Yourself to Sew

Series host Judith Neukam got her first taste of sewing when she took the free lessons that came with her mother’s sewing machine purchase. Judith was 9 at the time. Soon after, she was sewing her own clothes and feeding her passion for the craft. In her Teach Yourself to Sew series, Judith shares her enduring love of sewing and her invaluable years of sewing experience.

Getting started

She starts with discussing the equipment and the essential sewing notions for anyone who sews. You’ll learn about shopping for fabrics, choosing patterns (including selecting the correct size), and planning the perfect pattern layout. From machine-sewing simple seams to inserting zippers and stitching buttonholes, Judith demonstrates the key steps to making a custom garment.

Discover methods for clean-finishing seam allowances and applying facings so all edges are neat. To add shape to garments, Judith explains how and why to sew darts, and how to gather fabric for volume. Other garment elements, such as sleeves, pockets, and elasticized waistbands, are shown in easy-to-follow video tutorials.

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  1. jd_seattle | | #1

    I really like the first two tips (pressing, and curved edges), but it seemed odd that the hem foot portion didn't incorporate the other two but instead showed an unpressed straight edge. I would have liked to see the foot demonstrated with a pressed double edge on a curve.

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