Baby Hem On Delicate Fabrics
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.
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|