In this photo tutorial, I used the henley top I sewed from McCalls 7360 as example.
|In this example, I will be doing a 5/8" narrow hem on the henley top. Shown above is the bottom hem of the top which is a bit curved.|
1. Mark the hemline.
|I wanted my hemline at 5/8" from the cut edge. I used a marker that disappears with heat. The red marks above represent hemline.|
|The marked hemline.|
2. Fold the hem to the wrong side 1/4" lower than the marked hemline.
|The blue marks represent 1/4" line from the red marks. I will use that as a guide when folding in to the wrong side.|
|Folding into the wrong side. If your marker is not heat sensitive, you can just press as you fold. I had to do finger pressing so I would not erase my red marks.|
|A view of the folded hem.|
3. Sew the folded edge. Stitch 1/8" from the fold.
|Stitching 1/8" from the folded edge.|
|View of the stitching (1/8" from the folded edge).|
4. Trim hem allowance.
|Trim as close to the stitching line as possible.|
|After trimming. |
5. Fold the hem along the marked hemline then sew.
|Here I used the red marked line as my guideline for folding. That was the very first line I marked which is equivalent to my 5/8" hemline.|
|View of the sewn hemline.|
|View from the right side. |
|View from the wrong side.|
Following the steps above eliminated the need to use pins and the result was a smooth hemline with no unsightly creases or waves.