Hemming Tape is an iron-on tape that is used on a garment when you need a mend a hem, but you don’t want to sew it. Hemming tape is perfect for non-sewers, great for a quick fix for taking up chidren’s school trousers, or if you suddenly notice a drooping hem when you’re in a rush. Make sure you have some handy!
Hemming tape will last and wash well, but it can also be useful for garments that only need to be used for a short period of time, like dressing up costumes or fancy dress. You can also use it for bonding fabric on small craft projects – it’s so useful!
You will need:
- A packet of our heavy-duty hemming web
- A pair of scissors
- a hot iron
Time needed: 10 minutes.
This hemming tape works by ironing first with a dry iron and then ironing over a damp cloth. It’s important you do this the right way round, or the tape might not work or may stick to your iron.
- Get yourself organised
Find a heat-proof surface to iron on. If you don’t have an ironing board, a folded towel on a table is fine. Set the iron to the correct temperature for your fabric; be careful of artificial fibres; if you’re unsure, it’s best to test the iron on a hidden area before you begin to use the hemming tape.
- how much tape?
Place the garment to be hemmed on the ironing surface and work out where your hem is going to be. Offer the hemming tape against the area to be hemmed and cut roughly to size – a little bigger is better than a bit too short.
- Iron it on
Note that at this stage we’re just ironing the hemming tape onto one surface, so you don’t need to sandwich it between layers of fabric. With the hem unfolded, and working on the inside of the garment, position the tape on the reverse of your garment with the web side onto the fabric and the paper facing up. Iron with a dry heat.
- Finish that hem
Finally, peel off the paper from the tape, leaving a thin layer of hemming tape firmly bonded to your fabric, then fold up the hem so it completely covers the tape. Cover with a damp cloth and iron bit by bit over the hem keeping the heat on one area of no more than 10 seconds.
How to use:
Make sure the iron is set to the correct temperature for your chosen fabric, test the fabric first if you are unsure. Place the web side on the reverse of the item with the paper facing up, iron with a dry heat