Create A Pretty Hem With Flexi Lace Hem Tape and Hem
As I mentioned on the Hems page, I am tall and I always have to
let my hems down in my garments. Often when this happens, there is not very much fabric left to create a
So, what I like to do is use a notion called Flexi Lace Hem Tape or Hem
Facing. It's a wonderful product because it allows you to create a pretty finish in your
garment. You can buy them in any fabric store, Walmart, or any department store that has a fabric
and notion department.
Here you will see two different Flexi Lace facings. The first
picture shows a Hem Tape that is 3/4" wide. This tape is good for when you have at least
half inch to one inch of hem fabric.
Using Flexi Lace Hem Tape
After you have measured the length of your hem, iron it so that the crease remains
accurate and flat.
Then, open the hem, and on the right side of the fabric, sew the tape onto the edge,
as if it is an extension of the hem itself.
Next, turn the hem under again and hand stitch the hem on the top of the lace edge to the body
of the garment just like you would a normal hem. Then press with a cool iron so as to not
melt the lace.
Now, when you look at it you wll see a very pretty finished hem.
I particuarly like using lace hem tape for my skirts and dresses. If your skirt blows up,
you'll see the pretty lace on the hem. It gives it a very nice finished look.
Flexi Lace Hem
This picture is a Flexi Lace Hem Facing. The difference is, this lace is 1 3/4"
This lace facing is wonderful if you have to let your hem down and there is no extra fabric to turn
By sewing this facing onto the right side of the bottom of the garment, then turning it up as a hem,
you're creating a "false hem." By this I mean, since you only have about a quarter to half inch to
turn up, the lace facing becomes your hem.
Again, it creates a pretty hem should your skirt or dress blow up.
I used contrasting fabric, lace, and thread so you can see how it's to look. You'll want to pick the lace
tape and facing to match the color of the garment. If it's a print, match it to the background color.