Vintage Sewing - Simple Sleeve Hems

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Simplest way to hem Vintage dress sleeves

Very often Vintage sewing patterns will give very limited instructions on finishing techniques.  These diagrams will help the novice find their way to the best made clothes.

The following pictures are from  French sewing course taught in schools in 1956. These are the simple and plainest  ways to hem dress sleeves. For cuffs and decorative turn ups and facings follow the links to the other mini tutorials on this page.

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The plainest simple turn up, sewn by machine or hand. A narrow hem is pressed  under and stitched. Then turned up a second time and stitched close to the hem edge.

Please not the diagram is showing the open ends of the seam as instruction only so you can see how the hem is folded.  

Of course the seam has been joined at the under am seam first and the hem folds the completed sleeve end. 

Vintage Sewing - Simple Sleeve Hems

Showing a lightly  gathered hem with narrow binding to finish the raw edge.

Please not the diagram is showing the open ends of the seam as instruction only so you can see how the hem is folded.  

Underarm seam is sewn before hemming!

Vintage Sewing - Simple Sleeve Hems

This is showing a simple contrasting binding that is sewn with right side of bias cut binding to wrong side of sleeve (after underam seam sewn) then turnd to the outside and hand stitched with invisible slip stitches. or machine stitched close to the edge of binding. 

This gives a pleasing and neat contrasted edge.

Please not the diagram is showing the open ends of the seam as instruction only so you can see how the hem is folded.  

Underarm seam is sewn before hemming!

vintage hemming of sleeve

This is showing simplest way to attach lining to plain sleeve. 

a facing is sew and turned to inside of sleeve. finish with a seam tape the use invisible slip stitches to join lining to the inside sleeve facing so stitches do not show on right side of sleeve.

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