How to make a Pin Hem

This hem is the width of a pin, it is fine and delicate.  A pin hem is suitable for delicate fabrics and light to medium weight fabrics.  It is useful for silk, satin, chiffon scarves, short flowing sleeves and hemlines.  It is also useful on bias and full circle garments.  The hem will not dominate the overall aesthetics of the garment but recedes into the background.
  1. Turn up  a narrow fold (approximately 6mm, or more if appropriate) to the wrong side of the garment/accessory.  Stitch on the edge of the fold without falling off the edge.
  2. Press flat then trim the excess seam allowance up to the stitchline without cutting the stitches or through to the front of the garment/accessory.  For the best result, hold the scissor at approx. a 30° angle.
  3. Turn up a second fold to the wrong side of the garment.  Push the trimmed edge firmly against the fold.  Stitch next to the previous stitchline.  
  4. Two rows of stitching will appear on the wrong side of the garment and one row of stitching will appear on the right side.  Press on the wrong side.  Hem is now completed.
    Press all stages of construction for a smooth, professional finish

    Producing/Demonstrating: Claudette Davis-Bonnick>
    Filming: Nick Sargent
    Editing: Nick Sargent
    Stills: Nick Sargent, Junior Bonnick
    Thanks to: Oliver Furlong, Media Services, CLIP CETL "Making a Difference" funding at the London College of Fashion

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