Learning how to hem a curve comes in very handy, especially when making dresses or circle skirts. Here is an easy method that will give you a smooth, neat finish.
How To Hem A Curve
Whether you’ve been sewing for a while or you’re just starting, if you’ve ever tried your hand at making a circle skirt or dress you know how frustrating is to get a nice looking hem with a neat, polished finish. This tutorial will teach you how to hem a curve the very easy way so no more frustration or ugly hemline!
It’s pretty tricky to fold and press and sew anything curved and it can get aggravated by the type of fabric you use but once you get the hang of this method you’ll find sewing a curved hem easy breezy! I’ve used this method when I made a circle skirt for my daughter and I really loved the finished look, even though I admit I was a bit sloppy. And I thought I should make a separate article on how to hem a curve, for ease of reference.
How to hem a curve tutorial
- Stitch 1/4″ from the edge, all around the hem.
- Fold just on the newly sewn line, using this stitch as a guide, press and stitch 1/8″ around the hem (ignore my pins, they’re pinned the wrong way and also try and don’t be as sloppy as I was, fold right on the stitch)
- Measure 1″ away from the hem on the interior of the skirt and mark. This will be your guide for the double hem. Fold the edge up so it touches the line you just marked. Place pins a few inches apart and add a couple more in between those. Sew as close to the edge as you can. Don’t worry if you experience some puckering, just guide the fabric under the needle using a pin and sew down the hem as slow as you can.
- Use plenty of steam and press firmly moving the iron up and down and your curved hem should look free of puckering. If you use a fine fabric you won’t even notice the puckering.
I hope you enjoyed my tutorial on how to hem a curve and found it easy enough to give it a try on your next project that requires a curved hem.