Create A Pretty Hem
With Flexi Lace Hem Tape and Hem Facing
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 decent hem.
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
Using Flexi Lace Hem Tape
After you have measured the length of your
hem, iron it so that the crease remains accurate and
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
Now, when you look at it you wll see a very pretty
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 Facing
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 up.
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
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.