Edge Finishing Techniques Part Four - Sleeveless Hems

Are you just starting out with learning how to sew or hoping to learn a few new tricks with edge finishing techniques? If so, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve been talking about the various types of finishings for fine fabrics during our past few blogs posts.

Finishing Sleeveless Hems For Fine Fabrics

Today, we are going to talk about a seam that will work great when creating garments for the upcoming summer season! We all love a sleeveless dress or blouse in warmer weather, right?! Sleeveless hems are quite popular and easy to accomplish! Just choose one and get started!

Folded Bias Facing – This type of technique is done by using a bias strip of fine fabrics or bias tape that’s actually shorter than needed. You’ll want to ensure it’s a bit shorter than the perimeter of the opening with a small seam allowance on each end. Make sure the fabric or tape is at least 1 inch wide, not to exceed 1.5 inches, plus double the measurement of the seam allowance within the armhole.

To begin, sew the right sides of the strip of fine fabrics or bias tape together at the ends. Then, with the opposite sides together, fold them in half and press. Start sewing this to the opening, with the right sides together. As you finish the sewing, you’ can grade and trim the seam. Tack it into place by pressing on the inside at the shoulder and side seams. You can also stitch this part in the ditch of the seamlines.

Scalloped Edging – If you’re looking to finish a hem’s opening and bottom, scalloped edging is a great choice! It’s also a great way to make a top or dress unique. This technique works wonderfully with airy, lightweight, fine fabrics, as well.

Use stabilizers to help you get started. Pin them to the wrong side of your dress or top. If you’re looking to keep fabric lightweight, use a water soluble type of stabilizer.

To begin this type of edging, you’ll need to program your machine. Once you’ve done so, sew the length of the armhole opening seam. Excess fabric should be trimmed along the outside of the scallops when finished.

Sew along the armhole seamline using your programmed stitch. Trim away the excess fabric along the outside of the scallops. Then, trim away all of the stabilizer that you can, before soaking the garment in water. Once you’ve gotten rid of the remaining stabilizers, you’re done!

Baby Hem – For those that are still learning to sew, this method is very uncomplicated. It’s a great way to hem many different types of garments, as well.

Start by pressing the edge in, along the seamline. Then, sew very close to the fold. As you finish the sewing, trim extra fabric away, leaving very little. Get as close to the stitching line as possible. You’ll find that duckbill scissors are the best used in this situation, as they allow you to get very close when trimming.

As you finish the trimming, start folding the edge in, a second time and sew again. Once you’re finished with this sewing edge, you’ve completed your task!  

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