How to Hem a shirt? Basic Hemming Techniques (2021)

Are you looking for a way to hem a shirt? One of the most tedious tasks many people struggle with is hemming their shirts. Believe it or not, it doesn't have to be difficult. With the following guide, you'll have a perfectly hemmed shirt in no time.

This guide will show you How to Hem a shirt with a sewing machine, With a Serger, or even by hand. Let's start with our instruction with a sewing machine.

How to Hem a shirt with a sewing machine?

How to Hem a shirt with a sewing machine What will you need:
  • Sewing Machine
  • Match your clothing with thread
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Iron (although not necessary, it is recommended most of all).
Instructions: 1. Fold your shirt under 1/4" from the edge. To keep the fold in place, secure it with pins. A cleaner hem can be achieved by ironing the seam. Fold the edge over 1/4" to ensure that no raw edge is visible. This prevents the raw edge of the shirt from being ripped when washed. To keep the shirt in place, pin it and iron it. 2. Your thread should match the clothing item. To secure your fold, start at the side seam. To create a knot, sew backward across this stitching. Keep going forwards and make sure the stitches are not more than 1/4 inch from the edge. Pull pins as you go to ensure you don't sew them over. Continue to stitch around the shirt's bottom until you reach your original point. To create a final knot, stitch in the opposite direction for about 1/2 inch. You're done! Video:

How to hem a T-shirt With a Serger?

What will you need:

A serger machine Instructions: It can be challenging to create hems on a T-shirt using a serger. It is possible, but not impossible. This guide will help you when you are hemming a T-shirt using a serger. Set your serger to the desired stitch type. An overlock stitch is best for basic hemming. For lighter fabrics, you can opt for rolled stitches. Cut the T-shirt to your desired length, leaving a 1/4 inch allowance. Fold the edges inwards. After folding, secure the edges with pins or fabric stabilizers. Before putting the T-shirt in your serger, make a few stitches that aren't covered by the fabric. This will create a series of stitches that will set the hemming process into motion. Next, flip the T-shirt right-side-up and place it in the serger. Make sure the left needle is aligned with the edge on the reverse side. This should be easy to determine using the indentation. Serge the entire length of the edge of your T-shirt. Next, remove the T-shirt and sew for approximately 2 inches more without fabric. This will create a second chain of stitches. After you're done, it is time to tuck in the two remaining stitch chains. This can be done by weaving the two chains under the hemstitches with a darning stitch needle. You can then seal the woven stitches chains with seam sealant. This will keep them secure and prevent them from unraveling.

How to Hem a Shirt by Hand?

How to Hem a Shirt by Hand There are times when your sewing machine is not accessible, and you need to repair a garment. You might be away from home, or your machine needs repair. It is possible to learn how to hem a T-shirt with just your hands, thread, or a needle. Instructions: To remove wrinkles, iron the T-shirt. This will ensure that the hem is perfectly folded. Stand in front of a mirror and wear a T-shirt. Mark the area where you want to place the new hem. Next, determine the depth of the T-shirt's hem. Trim excess fabric that is below the mark. A T-shirt should have a hem depth of at least 3/4 inches. Turn the T-shirt upside down, and then fold the edge once more along the hemline. After this step is completed, you can choose the type and size of stitch that you want to use. There are many hand stitches that you can use for hemming. Each has its pros and cons. The whipstitch is a great way to save time and effort. This stitch is quick, but it can quickly unravel. Whipstitch is best used on the right side, with the smaller stitches on the left and the slant stitches at the bottom. Slip stitch is an alternative to whipstitch. Slip stitch hems can be very neat and small on both sides. The hem is clean. A catch stitch is another option. This stitch is durable and elastic. You will see tiny, barely visible stitches on the right. On the reverse side, you will see slight crisscross stitches. The fell stitch is another option to the other three types of stitches. This stitch is quite strong. This is the best option if you need a durable hem. However, the downside to using the fell stitch is the noticeable seams on your right side. You might be able to hide the seams if you have a thick T-shirt. When passing the needle to the right side, don't push it out. The stitch will remain between the fabric and the right side of the fabric. Once you have decided on the type of stitch that you want to use, it is time to start sewing. Make sure you have a matching T-shirt on your needle before you start sewing. Make sure you have enough thread when threading your needle. Too much thread can cause discomfort, and you will have to rethread the needle multiple times. Once you have threaded the needle successfully, tie the thread end to make a knot. After this, you can start sewing. For a neat result, ensure that the stitches are evenly spaced when sewing the hem. The hemline should be finished by stitching the folded edge of your T-shirt. Continue until you reach the seam that you started with. Tie the thread at this point to make a final knot.


Hems are used on shirts to make them fit better. But before you start hemming your shirt, first measure the front of the shirt, starting at the bottom of the shirt, to the desired length of the hem. This will ensure that you are hemming the shirt to the right length. Do not let the hemming process ruin your shirt, if the back of the shirt is shorter than the front hemmed area, this indicates that the shirt needs to be re-hemmed. We hope this guide has helped you understand hemming a shirt correctly. If you have any further questions regarding this topic or anything else we’ve covered on our website( please do leave us a comment or send us an email through our contact page.