Pattern Making

How to hem a curved edge – Rolled hem by machine

We recently added the Flared Mini Skirt Sewing Pattern to our shop. I thought I’d give you a tutorial on how to hem it. The pattern is based on a half-circle skirt pattern. This kind of a skirt is quite easy to make because there are no darts or gatherings to worry about and only two pattern pieces. The shape of the pattern makes a few things a bit more complicated though:

•The side seams are cut on the bias and need some extra attention when sewing. See tutorial here

•Turning the hem is tricky simply because the hem gets wider which means the seam allowance needs to be eased in.

If you’ve ever tried to turn the hem of a circle skirt like you would a straight edge, you know it can make you want to give up sewing forever, but trust me, it’s actually quite simple when you know what you’re doing!

First fold under 1 cm (3/8″) and stitch very close to the fold line.

I just measure and fold while sewing. Make sure not to fold too close to the presser foot, that might stretch the edge. You will end up with a slightly wavy raw edge, trim it off close to the stitch line.

Fold again and stitch right next to the previous stitch line. I always try to fold as little as possible.

This is what you will end up with: Two stitches on the wrong side and one on the right side. Neat on both sides, right? Press with lots of steam to get rid of any waviness.

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