How to Hem a Skirt

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Aurora Sisneros teaches you how to hem a skirt as well as provides helpful tips and techniques on hemming a skirt. Learn how to ensure your skirt is the same length in the front and in the back. Also, find out the importance of having a friend available to assist you in the process of hemming your skirt.

Related Article: 3 Tips for Sewing Perfect Skirt Hems

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16 Responses to “How to Hem a Skirt”

  1. Renee'

    Wow! That’s even husband-proof! (I had my husband help me cut a formal dress for hemming once. He did a super job, but it was scary!)

  2. Veron Bright

    I searched the internet for the hemming tool and could only come up with a “Vintage” tool by Dritz for $60. Are these still made and, if so, where can I find one?

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      Thank you for contacting us. If you google Stand alone measuring stick for sewing hems, you will find that they range in price from about $35.00 all the way upwards of a $100.00 or more.

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  3. Jenne Hill

    This technique works on all skirt designs except the one on which you used it. With a tiered gathered skirt such as this one if there is a difference in length between the back and the front your bottom ruffle would be uneven. If there is a yoke on the skirt the adjustment should be at the bottom of the yoke or at the waist before elastic casing is made or a waistband is applied. The unevenness between back and front would then go unnoticed (In my many years of teaching I have found the techniques I suggest work for the majority of students)

  4. JC

    is that a dress form that she’s using? How would this work for those of us that don’t have a dress form (this video apparently assumes). Thanks.

  5. Maria Smith

    I just watched how to hem a skirt and your demonstrator did this from the bottom edge of the skirt making it very obvious that the skirt was hemmed. Why not shorten each flounce the required amount so that it never looked as though it was hemmed. That is the professional way to do this hem and the way I would do for it any client.

    • Customer Service

      Hi Maria. If the skirt was too long and you were hemming it as a way to shorten it-you are correct that it would be better to shorten each section so there isn’t one that is significantly smaller than the rest. For this tutorial, we were intending to demonstrate how to hem a skirt that was just sewn, and the last thing to do would be to hem it. The instructor was also demonstrating how to use a tool such as a hem marker.

  6. Lorie

    With a tiered skirt, I prefer to adjust the skirt from the waist line and keep the seams of the tiers parallel to the floor. It is a bit more work if the skirt is already made. If you are making the skirt from a pattern the adjustment can be made in the pattern or on your muslin. It provides a much nicer look.

  7. Ann Moore

    I would like to know where I can buy the floor hemmer? I live in VA. and have not been able to find it.

    • Ines Hughley

      Where can I purchase the floor hemming tool that was shown on the video. I live in Houston, Texas.

      • Customer Service

        Dear Ines,

        Thank you for your patience. In response to your question-

        If you are unable to find one at your local craft or fabric store, you should be able to find them online through retailers like Amazon or Nancy’s Notions.


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