How to Sew a Baby Hem On Delicate Fabrics

Baby Hem On Delicate Fabrics

Baby Hem

A baby hem is a very small rolled hem done on the machine without using a rolled hem foot. It is perfect for any lightweight, soft silky, sheer fabrics. The hem is double turned with narrow 1/8” – ¼” turns.

The following was on a purchased short dress that was 5” too long. The front had such a bias that I did not trust myself pre-cutting before hemming. The steps here differ slightly from the norm.

Mark new hemline. Press hem in place along marked hemline.
Press along marked hemline

Stitch 1/4” away from the pressed edge.
Stitch 1/4" away from pressed edge

Trim fabric very close to the stitched edge taking care not to cut the dress fabric.
Trim excess fabric using serrated scissors

Using scissors with a serrated edge eliminates the fabric from slipping. KAI Scissors has a selection of serrated scissors such as KAI 10 inch Serrated Edge Shears N7240-AS or KAI 8 inch Serrated Edge Shears N3210.
Trimmed edge

Fold under along the pressed hem edge; this will create a double turned hem. 
Topstitch hem in place stitching a scant 1/4" from edge

Stitching from the right side, stitch a scant 1/4" from the pressed edge.
Stitching 1/4" away from edge on right side of fabric

Topstitching hem in place

Finished Hem

Baby Hem