Hemming a straight skirt, or pair of straight legged pants, doesn't usually pose much of a problem, right? You mark the hem and turn up the hem allowance, and stitch either by hand or machine. But when you're turning up the hem of a flared skirt (or bootcut pants), it's sometimes a little trickier. Sooner or later, you find out you've got more fabric in the hem allowance than you have room for. What to do? Here's one way to handle it.

Technique Materials

pins, thread, seam gauge or other measuring tool, hem tape (optional)

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    Apr 24, 2011, 12.19 PMby mcginnhold

    I’m so thankful for this tutorial ! I was having a difficult time doing a hem with a vintage Vogue pattern # V1102 and this is a wonderful step by step with great photographs. I appreciate your help.

    Best Wishes, Elise

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    Jan 28, 2011, 10.54 AMby ruthw

    This is a great tutorial – several useful sewing techniques for the price of one!

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      Jan 28, 2011, 01.16 PMby Roseana Auten

      Thanks for reading, and let me know how you make out with using this!

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    Nov 10, 2010, 07.15 PMby nehmah

    Thanks Roseanne for the technique. I learned this,some years ago, having seen Nancy Zieman’s demonstration. What I could never do is explain it as nicely as you have done. It will be of great help to the members, old and new. BTW, I use HugSnug Seam Binding, a rayon tape for this application. I buy mine from “zipperstop.com” in New York. I purchase a 100-yd roll for a reasonable price. If it seem like too much tape, consider the many uses; waist stays, hanger tapes, hems and seam reinforcements. Buy the basics of white, black and neutral. Cordially, Nehmah

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      Nov 15, 2010, 01.58 PMby Roseana Auten

      Thanks for reading! And I’ve never heard of the product you mentioned, but I sure am going to check that out. So great to hear about products!

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