When you want a super tiny and delicate hem for thinner lightweight fabrics the baby hem is often a good choice. The fabric is double turned, but only 1/8” or ¼” at the most.

Technique Materials

fabric, scissors, marking tool, thread, iron

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    Oct 21, 2010, 09.17 AMby sophie11

    Thank you thank you thank you, I did this a couple of nights ago to nightmare silk dress and it’s about hte only part that was simple and worked out really well! No more handrolling hems (not that I could really do that anyway!).

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    Jul 22, 2010, 06.47 AMby 5294sandras

    Thank you -very helpful.

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    Jul 18, 2010, 11.18 AMby keren

    Thanks for this clear explanation. It’s a very cute technique! I might try it one day, when I need to, now that I know it :-)

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    Jul 15, 2010, 04.41 AMby smoothemeraldoasis

    Thank You for sharing, I appreciate the clear pics. ;-)

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    Jul 10, 2010, 07.03 PMby polychromatin

    Really neat, but it won’t work on curves, will it?

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      Jul 10, 2010, 07.31 PMby mojo elgin

      yes! it works great on curves.

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    Aug 26, 2009, 04.21 AMby missymay

    my domestic janome came with a rolled hem foot and it does exactly this but in one step, a quick look on ebay and you can buy them for less than US $10

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    May 16, 2009, 05.31 PMby gedwoods

    Awesome! I often find myself unhappy with the hemming for very lightweight silks – this is just the thing to get it right!

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    May 5, 2009, 12.32 AMby bachitup

    Bah! Wish I would have seen this earlier; I could have used it instead of doing a way too thick shirt-tail hem!

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    Sep 25, 2008, 11.31 AMby bathina

    I love it- Thank you very much!

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    Sep 24, 2008, 04.37 AMby pinksunflower

    This is really helpful thank because this is something I struggled with when making voile curtains!

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    Sep 17, 2008, 08.25 PMby smnr

    is it weird to say that calling it “baby hem” makes the hem look really cute?

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    Sep 17, 2008, 08.34 AMby northernsuze

    Thank-you for the clear pictures. I have been procrastinating even considering hemming my over-blouse. Now I can tackle it and finally free some space in my poor brain! Suzanne

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    Sep 7, 2008, 03.46 AMby marmota-b

    Thank you, this is very illustrative and helpful!

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    Sep 6, 2008, 06.12 AMby easbrooke


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