How to Do a Rolled Hem on a Sewing Machine

by Trisha Dawe
Create a rolled hem for a finished and professional look.

Create a rolled hem for a finished and professional look.

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In a rolled hem, the raw fabric edge is folded over and hidden, creating a clean look. This type of hem is appropriate when the wrong side of the fabric is displayed and in instances when visible fraying fabric is not an option. Examples are on clothing hems, cloth napkins, tablecloths, one-piece flannel blankets and other home decor fabric projects. A rolled hem may be executed by hand, with a sewing machine's straight stitch or by using a rolled hem presser foot on your machine.

Items you will need

  • Ruler
  • Marking pen
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Scissors
Step 1

Lay the fabric, right side down, onto your work surface and fold 1/2-inch of the raw edge of the fabric over onto itself. Press the crease down with an iron set to the heat setting correlating with the type of fabric.

Step 2

Unfold the 1/2-inch-wide ironed section and refold half of the fabric edge in toward the crease. Fold the fabric over again 1/4-inch to create a small roll of fabric. Press the rolled hem down again with the hot iron.

Step 3

Lower your machine presser foot onto the rolled hem close to the top fold and sew the entire length using a straight stitch. Remember to back-stitch at the beginning and the end of the fabric hem.

Step 4

Trim the thread tails using a pair of scissors and re-iron to rid the hem of any wrinkles caused by the sewing machine.

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