How to Sew a Curved Hem

Don’t you just love flare sleeves and full circle skirts? Those styles bring the volume and drama to any sewing project. However, I know all too well that it also leaves a lot of hemming to be done! Sewing curved hems can be a bit tricky but with lots of pins and a little patience, you will have yourself a nicely finished garment

HERE ARE 3 WAYS TO FINISH A CURVED HEM

What I enjoy about sewing is that there are always different ways to sew the same garment. So, choose the method that works best for you or challenge yourself by learning a new technique. So, grab yourself some fabric and let’s get started:

BIAS TAPE HEM

Here I have cut out a circle, which will be hemmed using bias tape. Bias tape is a strip of fabric that is cut on the bias, therefore allowing it to have more stretch. This is an ideal method for finishing curved hems as the tape will ease around the curves and prevent the garment from warping out of shape.

Take your bias tape and place it on the right side of your fabric, along the hem. Sew along the fold line of the bias, going slowly and making sure not to stretch the hem as you sew.

Next, turn the bias tape to the wrong side of your fabric and sew along the edge of the bias tape. Finally, give everything a good press to achieve a crisp finish.

ROLLED HEM

A rolled hem is a great way to finish delicate fabrics such as silks, though this method can also work with light cottons. Doing a rolled hem with heavier fabric can prove tricky because the hem may be too bulky to achieve a clean finish.

Fold the hem of your fabric 0.5cm to wrong side and press the fold flat. 

Fold the hem again 0.5cm, to hide the raw edges and top stitch along the fold.

OVERLOCKED HEM

A quick and easy way to finish a curved hem is to overlock the raw edges. An overlocker (also known as a Serger) wraps the raw edges with thread, preventing the fabric from fraying. Don’t have an overlocker? Not to worry, you can use the zigzag stitch on your sewing machine to achieve the same effect.

Overlock your hem, using matching thread. Fold the hem of your fabric 1cm to the wrong side. Press the hem flat, then top stitch along the curve.

Whenever you’re trying a new technique, it’s always a great idea to practice using muslin or scrap fabric.