Sewing Hems: 33 Hemming Tips & Hemline Sewing Projects

Discover tips and tricks on sewing a hem on anything and easy hemline sewing tutorials!

By: Anna Deen, Editor,
Sewing Hems 33 Hemming Tips  Hemline Sewing Projects

Whether you are new to sewing or are an experienced sewist looking for more sewing tips and tricks, this hemming guide is just what you've been looking for! With this article, Sewing Hems: 33 Hemming Tips & Hemline Sewing Projects, you can learn how to hem the edges of your clothing to prevent fraying by checking out the tutorials from the following collection of hemming techniques. 

In addition to including tutorials and explanations for sewing different types of hemlines from an invisible hem to a rolled hem, this guide provides some quick tips and shortcuts that you will want to share with all of your sewist friends! For instance, if you hate ironing before hemming, check out the handy tutorial on How to Quickly Press a Hem using a hair straightener below. If you are having difficulties with trying to hem a stretchy, knit fabric, then check out the useful tips on How to Hem Stretchy Fabric.

Lastly, we were sure to include a section on hemline refashioning tutorials that will add some pizzazz to your old wardrobe, as well as a section on clothing sewing patterns with stylish hemlines. Whether you are searching for a DIY upcycling project, sewing pattern, or a hemming tutorial, this guide to hemlines is bound to have something for you!

PLUS! Check out this great video series for beginner sewists on how to hem a skirt!


How-To Hem: Hemline Tips and Techniques

How to Quickly Press a Hem

Trying to figure out what kind of hemline suits your sewing project can be confusing! Luckily, we put together a collection of basic hemming tutorials that will save the day no matter what kind of hemline you need. In our guide, we describe the situations where you might need different types of hems. For instance, if you are sewing a DIY skirt or dress pattern where the hemline can easily be seen, try sewing a hem facing or using a blind hem tutorial. No matter what type of hem you are looking for, we have the hem tutorial for you!

  • How to Quickly Press a HemThis video shows a quick trick for using your hair straightener to quickly press a hem!
  • How to Hem Lightweight Fabrics TutorialHemming lightweight and delicate sheer fabrics like crepe or chiffon can add an elegant touch to any outfit, but can be difficult to sew. Check out this tutorial for hemming lightweight fabrics easily!
  • How to Sew a Rolled Hem Video TutorialThis video shows you how to sew baby hems (also known as tiny hems or rolled hems) for a finished edge that won’t fray!
  • How to Sew a Blind HemCheck out this detailed video tutorial on how to sew a blind hem that can't be seen!
  • How to Hem GuideIf you hate hemming, then try using this free printable hem guide to help you in the future!
  • Hem FacingIf you’re looking for a clean and neat hemline, try this tutorial for sewing a hem facing!
  • How to Sew a Blind HemCheck out this tutorial to learn how to quickly sew a blind hem that won't easily be seen!
  • How to Sew an Invisible HemThis quick and simple tutorial shows you how to sew an invisible hem by hand!
  • How to Hem Stretchy FabricCheck out these tips on how to hem stretchy fabrics that will make this difficult process far easier!
  • This simple double fold hem technique is essential for beginner sewists!
  • Hem Without Serger & Add Elastic CasingIf you don’t have a serger, try this tutorial for hemming with binding and elastic tape!

Hemline DIY Refashioning Tutorials

Scalloped DIY Hemline Refashion

This section shows you how to easily refashion your clothing with these easy sewing tutorials for new hemlines! If your jeans are too long, check out this tutorial for hemming your jeans like a pro. Or perhaps try bringing an old shirt or dress back to life by adding the cute scalloped DIY hemline that's first in the list below. This collection will show you how to upcycle everything from pants to shirts with these simple hemline tutorials!

Clothing Sewing Projects with Stylish Hemlines

Asymmetrical Hem Dress Tutorial

If you are looking for sewing projects from scratch, check out this selection of easy clothing sewing tutorials that range from DIY shorts to maxi dress patterns! What these sewing patterns all have in common is that these projects all have funky but fashionable hemlines. For instance, the Asymmetrical Hem Dress Tutorial features a stylish asymmetrical hem, while the Seriously Sweet Scalloped Dress below includes a playful scalloped edge. No matter your taste, you are sure to find a sewing tutorial with the perfect hemline for you!

Do you have any tips or tricks for sewing hems? Let us know in the comments below!

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Hemming is so not my favorite thing to do but now I realise it's because I've been using the one-size-fits-all approach by always using the same type of hem stitch irrespective of the fabric! Thanks to this very interesting piece I now know that different fabrics need to be hemmed differently. Thank you!

Very informative, thank you. I especially love the video.


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