Types of hemming in knitted fabrics


Dreamer, you should know that there are different types to make hemming seams in knitted fabrics; below, we share some of them with you.

Today we will give you some ideas that will help you if you are working with this kind of materials.

Also, you should know that there are several methods and tools to achieve this, so let’s know them.

1. Invisible hemming by hand

This finish is ideal for light to medium fabrics, and you can apply it in garments that require a much finer and discreet finish.


For this, we recommend you finish the edge of the hem with an overlock stitch or false overlock stitch.

Then mark the hem with iron and sew with cross stitch, leaving 1 cm between each stitch.

  • Use a fine needle and stretch the garment a little before finishing and securing the seam.

2. Blindstitch hem

Another option is to machine hem with a blindstitch, and it is helpful to use the appropriate presser foot.

  • For example: hemming foot or blindstitch.

There are different types of presser foot for blind stitch hemming.

To get a perfect finish, you should make your selection considering the kind of machine you will use it on.

If you have a mechanical machine where it’s impossible to adjust the needle position, this foot has a screw to help you adjust the guide.

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This foot is ideal for digital machines that allow you to adjust the needle position in millimeters.

  • The metal guide is located just in the center of the presser foot.

3. Topstitched hem

  • Remember to overlock the edge with an overlock stitch and iron the hem leaving a 1 cm border.

Place on the machine and sew with a stitch that barely takes 2 or 3 threads of the fabric on the front.

In this case, the seam will be completely visible on the front of the garment.

After overcasting the edge, mark the hem with the iron and sew on the front.

4. With twin needle

Preferably sew with a twin needle to give elasticity to the seam.


If you work with a single needle, we suggest you stretch the fabric slightly while sewing.

This will help you to avoid the stitch bursting; this step is not necessary if you use a twin needle.

Dreamer! always choose the right hem for every sewing project. So here is an essential tip for you!

Narrow hem

Narrow hems are ideal for thin garments made of light fabrics such as chiffon, satin, or crepe.

Avoid using this type of hem on thick, medium, or heavy fabrics as it gives the appearance of a poor finish.

How to use it?

Prepare your fabric

Fabric placement




Thick hem

Thick hems look best on casual or tailored garments. They also give an excellent finish to medium to heavy-density fabrics.

Now you know the essentials for making hems in knitted fabrics, but you can also check this post we made for you with some tips to achieve better results.

We hope you find this helpful information or inspiring for your next project where you apply hemming in knitted fabrics.

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