How to Hand Roll a Tulle Hem

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How to Hand Roll a Tulle Hem
Tulle is a perfect fabric to use to make a tutu. (American Images Inc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Tulle is a lightweight, finely woven fabric usually made from nylon, rayon, silk or cotton. Tulle is starched at the time of manufacture for extra stiffness. The light weight and stiffness of tulle makes it an ideal for wedding veils and ballet tutu skirts. Sewing tulle can be a challenge because it is so light weight. To prevent ravelling, it is necessary to hand sew a hem on garments made of tulle. A hand rolled hem is ideal.

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Things you need

  • Sewing machine
  • White cotton cloth
  • Iron
  • Thread
  • Small hand needle
  • 3 heavy books
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Place the tulle on the sewing machine and stitch a straight line ¼-inch from the edge of the tulle using a complementary coloured thread.

  2. 2

    Remove the tulle from the machine. Place the white cloth on top of the tulle and run the iron along the cloth with the stitched tulle underneath the cloth. Tulle burns easily, so ensure the iron is on the lowest setting.

  3. 3

    Thread the hand needle with the same thread used to sew the stitch.

  4. 4

    Place the three heavy books on one end of the tulle. The books act as weights to hold the fabric taut as you trim the excess edge.

  5. 5

    Hold the free end of the tulle firmly with one hand and use your other hand to trim the seam allowance. Trim as close to the stitch as possible maintaining a straight line.

  6. 6

    Tightly roll the stitched end of the tulle until the machine stitch is no longer visible. Use the threaded needle to secure one end by backstitching.

  7. 7

    Hold the rolled fabric taut and slip-stitch the roll until you reach the books. Remove the books and continue to slip-stitch until you reach the end of the tulle.

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