How To Hem Sheer And Silk Fabric (Video)

I can’t remember when or where I learned this technique to hem sheer silk fabric and other delicate materials. It could have been 10 or even 20 years ago. But I’ve always felt like it’s one of my best techniques. A secret stitch! One of my super expert tips! It’s just so easy to do and it looks so professional!

My one recommendation when you’re trying this hemming technique for the first time is that you take your time to very precisely cut down the hem allowance after zig-zagging. The closer and more perfectly you cut that down, the better your sheer hem will look. (Use very sharp very fine scissors, or even try using embroidery scissors if you have a lot of time on your hands.)

I love this hemming technique for sheers, lightweight blends, and even silks. Honestly, it’s one of my fave secret techniques! The next time you have to hem sheer silk fabric, try it out and let me know what you think!

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Hey everyone,

I’m here in Phoenix, Arizona at the Arizona Grand Resort and Spa, and it’s super hot here. It’s about 38 degrees, which is around a 100 Fahrenheit, and with all this heat, I was thinking a lot about sheer fabrics and lightweight fabrics.

One of the ways that I love to finish a sheer fabric edge or a hem is to fold the fabric over – and I’ll insert a video clip so that you can see – but, basically, I fold the fabric on the finished hem length. And then I do a really narrow, really short zig-zag stitch all the way down. And that I just do over the fold of the fabric. Then take your scissors and cut down that excess hem – that hem allowance that you folded over initially.

In this kind of heat that’s perfect for kaftans, sarongs, or pool cover-ups. Just fold over the edge, do a zig-zag on that fold, and cut down your hem allowance. You have a great-looking finished edge on a sheer or very fine fabric that looks store-bought.

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