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How to Sew a Baby Hem

Learn how to create a rolled hem for your delicate projects.





In this video, Sarai shares how to create a baby hem. A baby hem is a very small rolled hem done on the machine without a rolled hem foot. It’s a pretty and delicate hemming option that is perfect for lightweight and sheer fabrics. A baby hem isn’t really suitable for thicker fabrics, as they would be too bulky to create the small folds.

Recommended Materials:


  • Steam iron

  • Fabric scissors

Video Transcript

Hi, it’s Sarai and today I’m going to show you how to create a baby hem. A baby hem is basically a very narrow hem. It’s a rolled hem that you do without a rolled hem foot and it’s great for very delicate fabrics.

You guys requested this video after our last video which was about sewing with silk, I have the skirt here from that video and you can see it has a very, very narrow hem and so if you’re sewing with light fabrics a baby hem might be a really good choice for a very professional finish. So today I’m going to show you how to do that.

Using a straight stitch sew a line of basting 1/8 inch below your hem allowance all the way around the edge you’d like to hem. For example, if your hem allowance is 5/8 inch stitch at half an inch. Press fabric to the wrong side along the stitching line. Now stitch a scant 1/8 inch in from the bottom of the folded edge all the way around. Carefully trim the excess fabric as close to your stitching line as you can. You may wish to use smaller scissors for this step. As you trim, try holding the bit you’re cutting in your non cutting hand to keep it taut. Roll the bottom edge towards the wrong side of the fabric to create a tiny fold. Press that down. Stitch down the center of the fold all the way around. You’ll see two lines of stitching on the inside and one line on the outside. And there you have it, a tiny little baby hem!

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