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How to Sew a Hem Without Losing Length


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Video Duration: 4 minutes

You’ll love this video if:

  • You’re looking for an alternative hemming technique
  • You need to hem a garment that is already short
  • You want your finished skirt or dress to be as long as possible

You will Learn:

  • How to press a narrow hem once the raw edge has been finished
  • How to topstitch a narrow hem, ensuring it catches the turned-up hem
  • How to conceal the excess threads of a backstitch when starting a hem


In this video, Denise Wild shows you how to hem a garment while keeping it as long as possible. A standard hem allowance isn’t always necessary, so when you need to keep a dress, a skirt, or a pair of pants long, you can sew a very narrow hem in order to keep the length.!

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About the Expert:

Sewing expert, magazine editor, and author Denise Wild is the Content Director of BurdaStyle North America and the Editorial Director of BurdaStyle US magazine. Denise is the Founder of The Sewing Studio and LoveSewing, and shared her passion for sewing with students for 10 years at her sewing schools in Toronto and New York City.