Sewing Hemming Tool

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Hemming is one of the last tasks required to finish most projects, and it is sometimes the least favorite one to do because it can be tedious. ZJ Humbach shares several of her favorite sewing hemming tools that can make measuring, pressing, and sewing a hem much faster and easier.

Measure and Press

While hems can be measured with a standard ruler, measuring tape, or hem gauge, these tools require you to measure and mark in many different areas in order to hem a long section. ZJ demonstrates how one of her favorite sewing hemming tools, the Dritz Ezy Hem, can be use to measure a longer section at one time while also being able to press it with the tool still in place.

The Ezy Hem has many different marking on it that allow you to measure and press both narrow and wide hems. Pressing the fabric with this sewing hemming tool still in place also makes for a nice, crisp fold. ZJ then shows how you can use a quilting ruler to measure an even longer hem, though you can not press with this ruler in place. She explains what width of ruler she prefers to use and why. While these two are favorites of ZJ, there are also many more helpful tools and supplies.


Once a hem has been measured and pressed, it is time to stitch it in place. ZJ shows several other sewing hemming tools that she likes to use to make sewing the hem easier. She shows how a certain common pincushion can be used to help make sewing easier by using it to sharpen the point on a hand sewing needle. She then demonstrates how another product, beeswax, can be used on thread when hand-sewing a hem in place to make the thread less likely to tangle or break. Watch additional videos for more tips on how to effectively sew a hem.

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10 Responses to “Sewing Hemming Tool”

  1. Jon Spangler

    I have never seen the Dritz “Easy Hem” tool in all my years of shopping in fabric stores. Now that I have a name for it, perhaps I can find one…

  2. Edwyna

    The video is informative and useful; however I would have liked more instruction for the curved side; since the speaker did reference it’s use.

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  3. Janet Hammond

    Thank you ZJ for explaining what the little berry is for on my pincushion – I never knew!

  4. Speksoz

    This expert seems to miss the point. The curved side of the metal ruler is for curved hems which is more challenging than straight hems. Advocating to use the straight side of the tool reduces its usefulness significantly.
    In another video the same expert tried to show how to use a bodkin, and again ended up confusing the novice watchers. Do you not check or edit these videos?

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    • Jon Spangler

      Speksoz – Being a guy, I usually hem pants and jeans so did not mind ZJ’s use of the straight side. I don’t hem skirts, but even I figured out the concept of the tool and could adapt my technique to the curved edge for bicycle jerseys or other curved-hem garments. This isn’t rocket science, even for a novice/intermediate like me.

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