• - Fabric
  • - Lining
  • - Thread
  • - Buckram
  • - Wadding
  • - Weights
  • - Curtain Hooks
  • Tools
  • - Sewing Machine
  • - Needles
  • - Pins
  • - Clamps
  • - Scissors
  • - Set Square
  • - Straight Edge
  • - Invisible Marker
  • Step 6b: Hem the Fabric panels
    Printable Worksheet
    Printable Worksheet


    Hem the bottom edge of the fabric panels and add curtain weights. This is a double hem (turned twice) 8cm for sill length curtains and 10cm for floor length curtains:

    • Position curtain weights 6cm in from each end of the fabric panel (to allow for side turns in the next Step) and at half width intervals.
    • Sew the curtain weights flush with the bottom of the curtain panel. (when the hem is folded up twice they will sit on the bottom of the hem)
    • Fold up the bottom (10cm or 8cm)
    • Fold up another (10cm or 8cm)
    • Pin the hem in place.
    This video shows you
    • How to position and sew in weights.
    • How to fold and pin the hem.


    View this next video to see the machine options on your sewing machine for machine stitching and how to hand stitch the hem.

    This video will show you
    • Machine straight line stitch.
    • Machine blind hem stitch.
    • How to blind hem with a hand stitch in detail.

    Extra Help & Comments

    Sew Helpful
    Post your questions and comments here, we will reply so everyone can see the answer.
    For linen drapes, which might stretch, do you still use weights?
    Sew Helpful
    We use weights in lined linen drapes to help hold their shape. We have never had a problem with them stretching.
    Have you ever used the "sausage" weights? don't think they willreqiure much stitching?
    Sew Helpful
    Yes we do have sausage weights in the work shop and you can use them in curtains securing them at each end in the curtain. (The majority of the time we use  fabric covered weights for making our lined curtains though)

    We mainly use the sausage weights in voiles and sheers. 

    Sauage Weight 
    Would you recommend using sausage weights in unlined full length linen curtains that will puddle on the floor slightly (due to an uneven floor)?
    Sew Helpful
    Yes we would use a continuous weight.

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