Learning how to hem is easy and there are a couple of ways you can do it, dressmaking expert shows you how in our video tutorials.


Once you’ve sewn the lining to your dress, it’s time to learn how to hem the dress and the dress lining to finish making a dress. There are different ways to do both, including a blind-stitch hem.

A hem foot can be used to hem a dress

How to sew a dress hem

You will need

  • Pins
  • Sewing gauge
  • Blind stitch hem foot
  • Presser foot
  • Matching thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron and ironing board

1. Zigzag stitch a quarter of an inch in from the raw edge at the bottom of the dress with all garment seams open. Trim the raw edge away, as close to the zigzag stitches as you can without catching the sewing thread. Then fold and press the hem under using a sewing gauge to measure the fold accurately.

Pin the hem of the dress lining

2. Change the foot on your sewing machine to a blind stitch hem foot. Turn the hem back on itself with a fold half an inch from the edge so that this fold sits against the ridge of the blind stitch hem foot.

How to hem a dress with a hem foot

3. The blind stitch foot works by machining two stitches into the single layer of fabric and then moving across to catch a couple of fibres from the fold, sewing the layers together to create the hem.

How to hem the lining

How to hem a dress lining

1. Fold the lining under by an extra half-inch to the dress hem and pin. Once pinned, try on and check it doesn’t hang beneath the dress hem.
2. Turn the hem under itself to create a double hem, so all the raw edges are tucked inside, pin and then straight stitch on your machine all the way around the edge using an ordinary presser foot.

If you’ve completed your first dress and want to have another go, use another sewing pattern and refer to our handy video guides to help you through your next sewing project and dressmaking creations.