|by Jennifer Wiese|
Hello sewists! Hope you’ve been sewing up a storm this fall. I’ve got a ton of projects in my queue, now just trying to make time to sew them all!
One of my least favorite things to do is hem a garment. I get all the way down to the finish line, and then remember, “Blerg! This thing still needs hemming!” Wouldn’t it be nice if there were little magical elves that would come in while we sleep and hem all of our projects for us? A girl can dream, right?
Till there’s magic on Earth, I’ve created a tool to help make hemming a little less painful. I’ve been using this hem guide at Workroom Social, and I love it! I hope it makes hemming a little easier for you too!
In addition to markings for hems at various depths, I’ve also included a ⅝” seam allowance guide. I use it all the time for marking seam lines on pattern pieces.
If you print and make one of these hem guides, I’d love to see! Use #tsphemguide on Instagram.
- Rubber cement
- Paint brush or other tool to apply rubber cement
- Metal ruler or other straight edge for cutting
- Old file folders, card stock, or oak tag
- The Sewists Hem Guide PDF printed on card stock (make sure you set the scale at 100% when printing!)
- A cutting mat or other surface to cut on if you are using a knife
assemble the hem guide
Take the hem guide print out, and cut around one of the hem guides (there are 2 included on each printout so you can make one for a friend!). Leave space around the lines. We will cut exactly on the lines a little later.
Cut your file folders, card stock, or oak tag slightly larger than the hem guide. Cut one or two pieces to use as a backing to your hem guide. The more pieces you cut out, the thicker your hem guide will be.
Apply rubber cement. When using rubber cement, you want to apply it to both sides of the papers that will touch each other. Apply it to the back of the hem guide printout, to both sides of file folder #1 (middle piece), and to the top of file folder #2 (bottom piece).
Place the hem guide print out on top of file folder #1. Place that whole piece on top of file folder #2. Use your hands to press it all together flat. You can also put the whole thing in between heavy books to smoosh it together. Let the rubber cement dry for 15-30 minutes.
Using a knife and a metal ruler, cut along the bottom, the left side, and the top (the 2” line only) of the hem guide. Be sure to cut through all layers of card stock. I like these lines to be very straight, which is why I like to use a knife, but you can also use scissors.
Using scissors, cut along the tops of each step of the hem guide.
Now, notch out the sides of each step of the hem guide. Last, notch out the small black triangles that mark the ⅝” guide.
JENNIFER WIESE Workroom Social
Hi! I’m Jennifer Wiese, founder of Workroom Social and Camp Workroom Social. I’m on a mission to help make good sewers great sewers! At my Brooklyn-based studio, I teach hobby sewers methods that make clothing construction easy and produce beautiful results that look store-bought, not homemade. My sewing patterns are both foolproof in instruction and fashion-forward in design, and my line of sewing tools and resources make it easier than ever for hobby sewers to sew well. I’m excited to be a part of your sewing journey here at The Sewing Party!
Sewing machine: SINGER® QUANTUM STYLIST TOUCH™ 9985
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