It is a challenge to hem silk, for this delicate fabric will show almost any form of stitching. Besides, sewing the hem to the silk may cause the hem folds. Therefore, many professionals always complete this task by hands.
Steps to Hem Silk
- It is recommended to select thread similar to the fabric as close as possible. If you cannot find a right one, you can use a thread slightly darker than the fabric.
- Fold the bottom edge of the silk up to the inside of the fabric about one-eighth of an inch. Iron it with the “Silk” setting.
- Re-fold one-eighth of an inch and iron it. You should not nail the hem, for this process will leave a hole in the fabric that is difficult to hide. Begin sewing, you should iron it until the hem in place.
- Use only a single length of threaded puncture needle, and place the end of the wire at the fold. Do not knot at the end of the fabric; in the end, the stitching holds itself in place.
- Pull the needle from the bottom up to the top. Place the needle as close as possible to the first needle and pass it through the other side of the hem. Place the next needle about 1/2 inch from the first needle. Then, push it through the hem to the front side of the fabric, and the next stitch is positioned as close as possible to the nearest stitch.
- In the fabric every four inches hem, you can add two additional small needles to reinforce the hem and prevent the whole hem from being pulled out. As just you did to start the hem, you are suggested to add new thread under the hem. Then, you should stitch two small stitches as you just added every four-inch interval when you reach the beginning of the hem.
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