Saturday, April 21, 2012


trim corners

fold in three, pin about every 4 inches

knot thread, insert needle into peak

 take tiny stitches to close tube/hem

when hem is closed begin stitching hem

catch one or two threads from bottom cloth and fold of hem

close hem at other end, knotting thread at peak then insert needle into hem to bury the end inside the hem - see needle eye to the right and needle tip to the left above word 'eye'

clip tail of thread flush with hem


trish said...

Thank you so much for posting these photos! Since I work alone and don't have much "real" contact with weavers I really appreciate your blog. From today's post I see where I can cut some time off my hemming of my towels. I was always afraid to cut my corners on a diagonal, fearing the web would unravel though I knew it would make hemming easier. Thanks for these tips...and I'm also glad to see that I am on the right track....I may over iron and over pin but at least I was getting it right! Now hopefully it will go a bit faster... Thanks so much!

Laura Fry said...

There are people who will swear that you *must* press each fold. For most handwovens that I do, I don't find it necessary. I do give the textile a finishing press to press the fold of the hem flat.


Sandra Rude said...

Beautiful hem! Isn't it wonderful how such a mundane task is so satisfying? I actually *enjoy* hemming ...

Laura Fry said...

I have to be in the right mood - but funnily enough, looming deadlines usually put me in the mood. :)

Martha said...

Great tips and photos! Thanks for those. I never thought of cutting the corners...makes perfect sense.

DebbieB said...

Excellent hand-hemming tutorial.

Diane said...

As always, an excellent, helpful post. Thanks for sharing, photos make such a difference!

Anonymous said...

That is a traditional sewn hem. I am not sure why the rude person on the forum I have just read, say it would not hold up. I say it would!

Laura Fry said...

Everyone has to do as they feel is best. So many people nowadays think hand sewing isn't as 'good' as machine sewn. They forget that in something like 40,000 years of human 'history' a sewing machine has only been around for about 200 years. :)