How to Hem a Skirt by Hand

How to Hem a Skirt by Hand

Have you ever wondered how to hem a skirt? You might think that you have to use a sewing machine to properly get the job done, but that’s not the case. In fact, some individuals are convinced that they get better results when sewing their hems by hand as opposed to using a machine. If you’ve never done this before, you might be feeling a bit overwhelmed at the moment, but there’s really no need to. All you need to do is follow a few step-by-step instructions. Before you know it, you’ll be hemming skirts like a pro.

How to Hem a Skirt by Hand

Cut The Skirt to The Desired Length

Your first step is to decide how long you want the skirt to be and then carefully measure out the length. Make sure that you leave approximately an extra inch, so you have some extra fabric for the hem. It’s also a good idea if you measure (at least) twice and cut once. When you cut, make sure that you stay in a straight line.

How to Hem a Skirt by Hand

Prepare the Hemline

Next, turn the skirt inside out so that you can see the seams. Fold the bottom edge over by half an inch, pinning the edges together so that the hem is folded up toward you. Iron the hem while it is pinned. When you’re finished ironing, fold the hem toward you again, this time creating a hemline that measures about one and a half inches. Pin it together, just as you did the first time and iron again. Now you’re ready to sew the hemline.

How to Hem a Skirt by Hand

Sewing

If you’re sewing by hand instead of using a sewing machine, create an overlock stitch to hold the hemline in place permanently. If you don’t know how to do this stitch, it’s a good idea to practice before you sew your first hemline. That way, you’ll be less likely to make a mistake that will force you to remove the stitches and start all over again. This is a stitch that works exceptionally well for securing a hemline. It a strong stitch that also incorporates some redundancy. It’s basically two straight lines joined together by stitches that form a square.

If this isn’t something you want to attempt by hand or you don’t want the hemline to show, you can use a different stitch. As an alternative, you can create a stitch called a blind hem by punctuating an otherwise straight stitch with a “V” pattern after every third stitch. It’s a lot easier to do this by hand, and it can hold the stitch just as well as anything else. Aside from how easy it is to do, the biggest difference you’re likely to notice is that it doesn’t really show up once the garment is turned right side out.

How to Hem a Skirt by Hand

Check Your Work

Once you’ve finished making your stitches, carefully check the garment in order to make sure that you haven’t missed any stitches and that everything has been properly tied off at the end. It’s best to check your work on both sides of the skirt, being meticulous to follow the hemline all the way around. While you’re checking, you should make sure that the work is neat and that you haven’t made any mistakes. If the work is sloppy, this is the perfect time to correct the mistake before you continue.

How to Hem a Skirt by Hand

Wash the Garment

Before you wear the skirt, make sure you wash the garment and allow it to dry according to the instructions on the label. Make one last check of your work once it’s completely dry. Rarely, but sometimes, a stitch or two will come loose in the washing machine, so it’s important that you check the hemline carefully. Last but not least, you should find a full-length mirror and try the skirt on, so you can see how it looks when it’s on.

Adjusting the length of your skirt is actually quite easy, but it does take some patience. For best results, take your time and work through things slowly. When you’re finished, you can enjoy the newly-shortened skirt that you’ve customized exactly to your liking. You might even decide that you like doing this type of work. Who knows, you might even find yourself going through your closet and adjusting hemlines on many of your clothing pieces!