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Here we show how a “cropped” hem is sewn. In this case, the method of whittling down a hem with tightly set zigzag stitches and is especially useful for cascades, frills and flounce hems.

This hem is also often referred to as a roll hem, as the hem is rolled at the end when the fabric is stretched while it is sewn.


First you press and fold up the hem allowance and set your machine to sew tight zig-zag stitches.


Along the pressed fold sew a zig-zag stitch going over the edge a little bit.


Then from the wrong side, trim the excess allowance right up next to the zig zag stitch.

This process is much easier than trying to press up a tiny allowance and zig-zag over it, and is more secure than only zig-zagging over one layer for the hem. Just make sure you use a matching thread color for your fabric!


This type of hem works best when finishing edges and hems of chiffons and lightweight fabrics. Try out this technique using either our Boho Midi Dress or our Blue Collared and Ruffled Dress.


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    Sep 26, 2017, 07.23 PMby thieleli

    It is called a lettuce rolled hem

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    Sep 19, 2017, 10.08 PMby jenss-1

    I find I have a problem with lightweight fabrics being sucked down into the feed dogs when zig zagging near the edge like that. Usually a straight stitch on that folded edge is less problematic and works as well. Also, sometimes it helps to place a stabilizer or tissue underneath.

    The instructions are okay, but I’m not sure why this is called crop hem here – it’s more commonly called a narrow hem. (I tend to think of a rolled hem as what is done on the edge of a silk scarf).

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