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Make Crisp, Even Hems

Martha Stewart Living, November 2009

When you're hemming fabric -- whether for table linens, curtains, or clothes -- accuracy is important. Ensure good results and save time with this technique: To make a 1-inch hem, for example, draw a line on card stock, 1 inch in from an edge. Place the card stock on fabric, with line parallel to fabric edge. Fold fabric over card stock, aligning fabric edge with line; press with an iron. Repeat, folding and pressing again to encase the raw edge. Stitch hem to secure.

Comments (5)

  • gerrychrys 16 Mar, 2015

    lol x So Obvious when someone says it! I'll certainly give it a go. It can see it will press out out any gathering required, evenly too.. Marvelous!
    Thank you Martha

  • BEDWYER 15 Mar, 2015

    How have I been sewing for the past 48 years and not figured this! Genius!

  • Laura Reinhard 10 Aug, 2014

    The idea is great. The photo and instructions are not. The text colouring on the photo make it hard to read

  • Janice Beitz 9 Aug, 2014

    Just be careful that the pen or pencil used to make the line will not transfer to the fabric of your project.

  • jcsallen3 5 Feb, 2011

    How simple and simply genious. Thank you for the fab tip!!!!