Learn how-to sew a rolled hem with Lisa from Paprika Patterns and then use your new skill to hem a maxi skirt.

  • How to hem . How To Sew A Rolled Hem - Step 1
    Step 1

    Get out your rolled hem foot. It's the one with a curved piece of metal in the middle.

  • How to hem . How To Sew A Rolled Hem - Step 2
    Step 2

    Position the edge of the hem under your foot, just so that it aligns with it.

  • How to hem . How To Sew A Rolled Hem - Step 3
    Step 3

    Sew just a few stitches. The threads will make it easier to control the fabric when starting your rolled hem. Cut the threads from the machine but leave the other ones long.

  • How to hem . How To Sew A Rolled Hem - Step 4
    Step 4

    Fold the beginning of your hem along the stitches and press. This is also to make it easier to start the rolled hem.

  • How to hem . How To Sew A Rolled Hem - Step 5
    Step 5

    Slide the pressed edge between the curled pieces of the foot, until it sits just under the needle. Check if it has curled in on itself. It might help to lower the presser foot just a little while sliding it through.

  • How to hem . How To Sew A Rolled Hem - Step 6
    Step 6

    Start sewing. Be careful to backstitch just one or two stitches: the fabric cannot move back through the curled piece once sewn. Use your fingers to guide the fabric through the curled piece, keeping it even. Check if the needle position is right, you want the stitches just on the edge of the folded part so it cannot unfold.

  • How to hem . How To Sew A Rolled Hem - Step 7
    Step 7

    Keep stitching until the end. That's it, you've made a tiny rolled hem!

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