How To Sew A Curved Hem?

Hey, guys, Jessica here from Do It Better Yourself dot Club and today, I’m going to be showing you, exactly, how to make the perfect curved hem Make sure, if you haven’t already, to subscribe to my channel that way you get notifications when I post new video turorials

And if you are new to sewing with knits, please, please, please, check out my beginner’s guide to sewing knit apparel You can get that at dibyclub and that is exactly where you want to start so that you don’t get frustrated with a lot of common problems that you can run into with knit fabrics – [Jessica] For this tutorial, I’m going to be using this beautiful viscous jersey by Sly Fox Fabrics Now, I have my front and my back panel pieces for my Pemberley tunic here

And, you’re going to be really tempted to sew up your side seams first, don’t do this Instead, I want you to keep your front and your back panel separate from each other as we hem our curves What we’re going to do is start by doing a straight stitch along the curve about three eighth’s of an inch from the raw edge This is going to act as a guide for us to know exactly where we need to fold our hem and keep it nice and even along the curve So, I went ahead and sewed my straight stitch with the longest stitch length all the way across the entire curve of both pieces

I went ahead and used a contrasting thread so you could see it better, but you’re welcome to use a coordinating color if you don’t want it to be so obvious Next, what we’re gonna do is press down our hemline using our straight stitch as a guide You’ll have your wrong side of your fabric facing up and will fold it over right along that stitch line, so you’ll want the stitches right along the ridge of your fold here and go ahead and use lots of steam and press it all the way along the curve of both you’re front and your back panel hems (Upbeat music) Now, when you get to the end here, you’re going to notice that this edge is going to want to fall inward instead of up towards the seam This is why it is so much easier to do with your pieces separate

If they were together, you wouldn’t be able to let it fall inward, it would have to force it up toward that side seam, which is what makes that weird bunching on a lot of curved hems at the side seam So, now we’re gonna go back around and fold it over again over our first fold, making sure it stays nice and even across the hem This time, we’re going to press it and pin it, so that it stays in place for our topstiching (upbeat music) When you get to the strongest curves here, you’re gonna notice a little bit of bubbling And, that’s okay

All you need to do here is gather it together a bit and use your iron to press it and steam it, and that will make it nice and flat (silence) Okay, so its at this point that you should have the curved hem completely folded, pressed and ready to go so, let’s go ahead and do our back panel piece (upbeat music) Okay, so we have our front and our back panel pieces all prepped and ready to go We are gonna go ahead and flip over the pieces so that the right side is up and we will be topstitching across our hemline about three eighths of an inch upward That way we make sure and catch the folds so that it stays nice and flat

When you start toptstitching, don’t worry about going fast just make sure you’re going nice and evenly across the bottom, go slow if you have to We just want to make sure this is nice, flat, even and professional looking all the way across the bottom And, make sure when you’re feeding it through you aren’t pulling it or pushing it, or just doing anything to overly control the fabric That can create this tunneling effect in your hemline which you totally want to avoid Now we’re gonna go ahead and grab one of our panel pieces and lay it so that it is right sides facing up, and then we’ll grab our other panel piece and lay it so that the right side is facing down

We’re going to make sure that it is nice and even across the top here taking special care to make sure that the hems are nice and flush and even at this corner point here (upbeat music) And with the sides all pinned and ready to sew, you’re either going to serge or sew it with your seam allowance in mind And, go ahead and trim off any of the excess on the edge here After I’ve serged my side seams, I’m gonna have these little tails hanging off the end, and I wanna get rid of those so that they’re not visible from the front of my hemline What I like to do to get rid of these is pull it out here, and grab my seam ripper and instead of using the sharp side I’m gonna be using the dull side of the seam ripper

And use it to unravel the tails at the end here (upbeat music) With the tails unraveled, I’m gonna go ahead and grab two in each finger and use them to create a knot at the end of my seam here so that it doesn’t come unraveled (upbeat music) So, now that I have the knot tied, I’m gonna go ahead and grab my hand needles, grab a hand needle out of my wheel here, and I’m going to thread two of my tails through my needle and I’m goin gto fish it through my serger seam here I’m going to put it in and out a couple times and pull it all the way through Then, I’m going to go ahead and repeat this with the other two tails making sure that they come out parallel to the first two tails

Then, once again, I’m going to go ahead and take two tails in each finger and create a knot at the end of this stich here And, of course, trim off my excess And when you turn it right side out, it’s going to look perfectly clean and crisp and professional at that side seam And that, my friends, is how you get the perfect curved hem If you enjoyed this tutorial, please make sure to subscribe so that you don’t miss any of my future videos

And I will see you next time (upbeat music)