Sunday, August 5, 2012

Flat Iron Hemming

Do you hate having to press a tiny hem with a full size iron? Do you not want to have to invest in a small appliqué iron?  Do you have a flat iron for your hair? Then problem solved!

This is a travel size flat iron (though a full size flat iron would also work) that I now keep with my sewing supplies.  I first tried this out of laziness, but it has turned out to be the best way to press hems that I have ever found!

First I just measure and pin the hems.  I also do both folds at once.  This hem is a half inch, so I folded the fabric in a half inch and then over once more to cover up the raw edge.

Then I simply ran the hot flat iron over the hem.  The great thing about this is that it heats the fabric from both sides at once, so, no matter how thick the fabric, there is never a need to iron twice.  And, there is no need to lug out the ironing board!

Then you can take out the pins and sew up the hem in a breeze, with no need to stop to take out pins along the way!  It's great!


  1. I found your blog!!

  2. Why did I never think of that? It doesn't get too hot for the fabric? Thanks for sharing this great idea!

    1. Mine has never hurt the fabric, but I use a small travel sized flat iron that I bought for just straightening my bangs a few years ago haha! It doesn't have any temp. settings, but I know that a lot of full sized flat irons do, so you might want to start with a lower setting and see how it goes.