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Circular Hem / Hong Kong Bound

Circular Hem / Hong Kong Bound

This lesson teaches you how to create a circular hem using a technique used in the couture.

You will learn how to prepare and apply a Hong Kong hem finish, how to gather a hem edge and then bind your hem for a clean hem finish.

You will also learn the correct hand stitching technique as well as how to shrink your fabric for a perfect looking hem.

Once you have mastered this hem finish, try your hand at the circular hem with a seam binding and another using lace binding.

Module Description Step
1 Lesson Prep 1-3
2 Making Circular Plare Pattern & Cut Fabric 1-8
3 Preparing the Pieces 1-9
4 Basting & Sewing 1-4
5 Sew Bias Binding 1-11
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Step Description
1 An 11” square of oaktag paper.
2 A bias strip of silk charmeuse cut 1” wide x 15” long.
3 A ½ yard piece of wool crepe.


Step Description
1 To make a circular flare pattern out of oaktag, begin by measuring over 1” from each edge and then with your quilting ruler, swing the ruler from the corner using a push pin at the 10” mark.
2 Place a grainline 2” away from the edge.


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