How to Hem the Sleeves of a Wool Coat

Hemming sleeves yourself can save you money.

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After trying on a ton of wool coats, you finally found one that fits you perfectly through the body. Not only is it the color and style you've been searching for, but it's flattering from every angle. The only problem is, the sleeves are too long. Don't despair! Sleeves can be hemmed. Drop a wad of dough and have a tailor do the alteration, or do it yourself. You don't need extensive sewing skills to take up a sleeve, just a few important tools and little know-how.

1.

Use your seam ripper to remove the the stitching from the hem of your coat sleeve.

2.

Try on the coat and with the fabric chalk, mark where the sleeve hits your wrist and then mark again 2 inches beyond that . This extra 2 inches is the hem allowance.

3.

Trim the excess wool and the excess lining.

4.

Turn your coat inside out.

5.

Affix your fusible interfacing to the inside of the wool sleeve's hem allowance.

6.

Fold the hem allowance and press it. Make sure the lining is out of the way.

7.

Pin the hem.

8.

Sew the hem using your sewing machine.

9.

Trim the lining 1 inch below the sleeve hem.

10.

Fold the lining over 3/4 inch. The folded lining should cover the hem of the coat. This gives you a little extra room so that you can move your arms around without tearing the lining.

11.

Sew a few loose stitches in the lining above the fold to hold it in place. This is called basting.

12.

Hem stitch the bottom layer of the lining about 1/8 inch below the coat's hem.

13.

Repeat the steps on the other sleeve.

Things You'll Need

 

1.Seam ripper

3.Thread

5.Scissors

7.Fabric chalk

9.Needle

2.Measuring tape

4.Sewing machine

6.Pins

8.Interfacing

 

Tips & Tricks

 

Post hemming, press your sleeves so it looks like a professional did the job.

 

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