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HOW TO SEW UP A HEM?!!!!!!!!!!!! Please I'm dying!!!!!!!!!!!! How to sew up a hem?????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm dying!!!!!!! Answered



Molten Boron

10 years ago

If you are dying, you need to get to a hospital so the doctor can sew you up. If you try to do it yourself, you'll be wasting time and probably die in the attempt.


10 years ago

I can HIGHLY recommend hemming tape, often called Wundaweb. It's a thin white band of material that you put in your hem, place a wet cloth on top and then iron. It's amazingly strong and durable and much easier than sewing! I don't bother stitching my trouser hems anymore, it's much easier and quicker for me to turn them up with Wundaweb.<br /> <br /> Amazon link.<br />


Answer 10 years ago

Ah, fusables. Haven't played with that stuff, but I'm told large sheets of it would be the simplest way to mount my (non-heirloom) Chinese scroll on a silk backing.


10 years ago

 If it's truly a matter of life & death, the stapler does work (although, IMHO, it's a little messy).

Cellophane/"Scotch" tape works too, and will wash out nicely. Masking tape is even better, especially for lightweight fabrics. For heavier fabrics, like for jeans, good old duct tape :).

You can also buy iron-on hem tape at the fabric store.

To do it right, for something like a dress or skirt in medium-to-lightweight fabric:
  • Once you've measured the hem level, mark it all around and add 1.5 inches (or call it 4 cm) to that length.
  • Turn hem up 1/2" (1.5 cm or so) all around. Pin this fold into place
  • Turn hem up again, this time 1" (2.5 cm) all round. Pin into place, removing first set of pins as you go.
  • (Optional but highly recommended) Try garment on again, check to see that hem is straight, even, and where you want it. Re-pin to adjust hem as needed
  • (Also optional, but very helpful) Baste hem into place with long, loose, easy-to-remove stitches.
  • (Even more optional, but also helpful) Press hem flat into its desired place.
  • Use a closely matching color of thread and the smallest, sharpest needle you can stand to thread several times. Hide your knot in a seam that comes down to meet the hem. Using a single thread in an overcast-type stitch, take stiches about as long as your thumb is wide, keeping most of the length of the stitch in the folded hem and picking up just about 2-5 threads of the front of the hem (the part that will show) with each stitch. This is picky and tedious and takes a good long while - watch TV or listen to music or an audiobook, and try to concentrate on the process rather than on the goal of getting done, kind of like a Zen thing.
  • When it's finally done, whoop and holler with joy and satisfaction; and then go out and wear it. :)


10 years ago

Boy! if it's so bad that you are dying, just use a stapler!!!

(You can get some sticky tape-y stuff to hem..?).

I do remember from sewing class though:

Measure to get the hem level.
Pin to secure it.
Loose rough stitch to secure that- remove pins.
Then hem it properly at your leisure.

I learned this in sewing class at school.....many, many, moons ago.

I am willing to do it;-but only at gunpoint.


10 years ago

On what kind of garment? I've hemmed sleeves (turning long-sleeved shirts into short-sleeve when elbows wore out), and it's not that much different from pants cuffs except that you may want to fold inward twice rather than once so the cut edge is trapped inside where it won't do any harm if it starts to unravel.

Straight pins are your friend. Get it all pinned to exactly where you want it. Overdo the pins if necessary. Then sew to keep it there.

(I should say that I approach sewing about the way I approach rough carpentry -- if it looks good from a distance and it's strong enough to stand up to daily use, it's good enough.)