May 4, 2024   10 AM – Noon

Your garment is almost finished – just the hem left to sew. But there’s not just one way to put in a hem. Wide or narrow? Machine or hand stitched? How do you decide?

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The perfect hem will vary from garment to garment.  Will it be machine stitched? Will it be hand stitched?  Learn what will influence your decisions and learn to choose the best hem for a variety of designs and garments. Make samples of both hand and machine hems in class to practice your hem stitching. 

2 hours — $95 (includes kit)


Bring your sewing machine, foot pedal, power cord, bobbins and needles. 

Sewing supplies:

Thread – dark and light colors
Fabric shears
Small, sharp scissors
Chalk marker and/or marking pens or pencils
6” ruler or seam gauge
Seam ripper
Hand sewing needles and needle threader if needed


In this class you will cultivate your decision making skills as you discover the characteristics of a good hem.

We will look at a variety of fabrics and garments and learn how to:
• Choose the best hem allowance width
• Finish the hem edge
• Determine which hem stitch to use
• Reduce bulk
• Ease in hem fullness
A kit is included to make your samples in class. 

hem in a purple jacket
hem on gold fabric
hem in print fabric
couture hem technique
hem in pink fabric
curved hem
hem in green fabric
hem in pink fabric
curved hem
hem in gold knit fabric
hem in blue fabric
hem in plaid fabric

This class is held at Sew-Op + Maker Space in Vancouver, WA, across the Columbia River from Portland, OR.

For Portlanders who don’t often cross the river, it’s easy. Traveling north on I-5, take Mill Plain exit toward Port of Vancouver, stay in the left lane. (The far left lane is not Mill Plain.) Turn left at light and move to the right lane. You are now on 15th Street. Turn right on Broadway. Sew-Op is in the green building on right—the first building you come to.

There is 2-hour free street parking in front of Sew-Op and extended parking four blocks east. For closer parking download the convenient Parking Kitty app. Use this City of Vancouver Parking Map to find more parking locations.

Sew-Op Exterior

1507 Broadway, Vancouver, WA 98663
near the corner of E. 15th and Broadway. Use the parking map link button above to find parking near Sew-Op.

Helen Bartley teaching a class at the Palmer/Pletsch Sew-Op Sewing School

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Another Book You Might Enjoy—Théâtre de la Mode

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Using the ages-old tradition of traveling miniature mannequins dressed in current couture, the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture mobilized a whole industry with unprecedented cooperation and creativity to prove that life could begin again through these 27” tall ambassadors of fashion. This book tells their story.


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