Hey everyone, it’s been a while.
This morning I did the easiest project ever – I hemmed without having to sew anything. I had a skirt that was not only too long but it would roll up when I walked because of its awkward length. I wanted to hem it but I didn’t want to pay a seamstress (the skirt only cost me $10!) and I don’t have a sewing machine (which I wouldn’t know how to use if I had one anyway).
I bought this no sew hem tape from fabric.com
This was the skirt I wanted to hem. Step 1: Iron. Then decide how much you want to hem it. Fold it over and do a quick iron so it is already folded the way you want it.
Once you have decided how much you want to hem, but pieces of tape and place them under the fold. I cut pieces that were about 4 inches long.
Press the iron on top of the fabric to bond the tape to both sides ( I didn’t remember to take a picture of this step but I think you can use your imagination as to what an iron looks like on a piece of fabric.)
The package said to hold the iron with no steam for 3 seconds and repeat until “bonded.” After three seconds this is what I had (obviously not quite bonded) so I repeated two more times. Note: make sure that you stick the hem tape as close to the end of the fold as possible.
The final product was perfect it stuck so well it’s like I got it hemmed by a seamstress and the whole process cost basically nothing. I think I paid $1.50 for the hem tape and I only used about a foot of it.
If you do a quick side by side comparison you can see the difference – before I hemmed it the skirt had an awkward bottom part that flared out a little bit at the knees. Now it is straight down.
The test was to wear the skirt and see if it lasted. I wore it all day today and it stretched with the material and everything!