How to Hem a Curved Neckline

Depending on your garment, you will apply a different finish to the neckline. But one thing that should always stand out is the neatness of the neckline for your garment.

Therefore, best ensure you take it easy following each step to the core to turn outright. However, getting it right may be tricky and more challenging than it seems.

There is a high probability that you may end up with an uneven neckline. The good thing is that you can take some precautions that will make the results better.

There are two typical ways of sewing a hem right on the curved neckline. Firstly, you can hem it well using the fabric that the rest of the garment contains.

The other method requires you to secure in a strip of the edging fabric. Hemming requires more attention than this other method, and you incorporate so much effort trying to turn, press and stitch the neckline until it tidy.

As you sew, the fabric will be squashing up and pulling itself together, which is a lot of inconvenience.

In this post, you will know how to solve such, the tips and tricks of sewing, and the hemming process.

How to Hem a Curved Neckline?

Start by cutting the neckline facing depending on the pattern’s instructions. Ensure that you have the correct size. Align the neckline facing using pins to the edges of the neckline.

Be sure to place the right sides together, and the pins should be vertical to the fabric edges. You will be able to eliminate them quickly as you sew.

Start to backstitch to secure the edges. Then employ a straight stitch between the neckline’s edges and that of the facing. Remove the pins as you stitch and finish off with trimming the unused edges.

Hem a Curved Neckline Using the Facing Method

Facing is one of the most common methods of sewing a curved neckline. It involves attaching two fabrics, one at the front and the other at the back of the neckline.

The fabric you place should have the same shape as that of the garment’s neckline. Below is the procedure you can follow for the facing method.

Step 1: Cut the Neckline Facing to Look Like the Shape of the Neckline

In this case, you’ll need a curved pattern. So carefully cut a piece of the fabric you are using to form a round shape. Besides, you also have the choice of cutting two of each to form a semi-circle. Ensure the edges of this facing are neat.

Step 2: Secure the Facing to the Edges of the Neckline

You can use pins to place the facing to the edges. Ensure that the right sides are together. Turn the fabric, ensuring that its right side faces down of the neckline right side.

Align the raw edges of the facing and neckline using pins. Position one pin perpendicular to the seam after about 2 or 3 inches to go round the edge. This way, you will easily remove them as you sew.

Step 3: Start Stitching

Place the edge of the fabric under the sewing machine—lower the presser foot to start stitching. After that, you will be backstitching the fabric.

To do so, start with a straight stitch and sew forward for about 2.5 cm. Reverse the lever and backstitch to your starting point.

Release the lever and no keep on sewing forward after the backstitch.

Step 4: Sew at the Margin of the Neckline and the Facing

Use a straight stitch for this step. At about ? inch away from the edges of the fabric, sew along the neckline curve. Ensure that you don’t tamper with the position of the fabric.

Sew all around the curve removing the pins at each step.

Step 5: Cut Some Parts of Your Remaining Fabric

After sewing completes, you can cut the thread. Then get the garment off the sewing machine and lay it on a flat surface with the seam facing out.

Trim the edge of the seam at about 1/4 inches all around. It will help the fabric lay well when the right side is out.

Moreover, ensure you are careful when trimming off the edges not to cut any of the stitches.

Step 6: Cut Off the Remaining Fabric

Cut the remaining fabric edges of the fabric in small pieces as you head to the seam and ensure you are careful not to cut the stitches. The cuts should remain vertical to the seam and about 1/8 inches long.

Cutting the remaining fabric reduces its amount along the seam, ensuring that it lays flat nicely.

Step 7: Press on the Fabric With an Iron

Please turn on the fabric to the right side and ensure the facing is inside the garment and start ironing it. Press the neckline seam with an iron to lay it flat.

As you do this, be sure to be moving the iron slowly to press it well. There you have your wide neckline!

Hem a Curved Neckline With a Binding

You may opt to use this method when facing a method that seems challenging to you. Furthermore, it is pretty more comfortable, especially for the tricky curved necklines.

It requires you to employ double or single-fold binding, which makes the process faster and inexpensive. Here is how you do it!

Step 1: Select the Binding You Need

The width of the binding varies from one fabric to another. If your fabric is thick, you need a wide binding, and for a thin one, a narrow binding will do.

But a thin fabric works excellent and will provide you a more expert finish.

Step 2: Seam the Shoulder

Before sewing the binding, start with sewing the shoulder seams. It will help create a large neckline where you will place the bidding.

Step 3: Sew the Neck Binding

Fold the binding in half and create a short seam. Ensure the right sides are in line. Stitch at the allowance of the pattern’s seam to create a circle.

Step 4: Flat Iron the Seam Allowance and Pin the Neck

Fold the neck binding and press it on with an iron. Then place the binding on your garment with the right sides together.

If your binding is attached to the cloth, iron it, fold the width you want, and iron it. Ensure the raw edges of the binding are in line with the raw edges of the neck opening—place pins all around the curve.

Step 5: Start Sewing

Position the garment on the machine and align it with a seam allowance. Start backstitching all around the neckline. And finish off by cutting the remaining thread.

Step 6: Press the Seam You Have With Iron and Finally Make a Topstitch

Once you have the backstitch on the wrong side of the garment, flat iron it. Turn it over to the right side and run a top stitch all around the neckline and the binding edge.

Tips for Hemming a Curved Neckline

1. It would be best to use the facing method where you are dealing with a thick fabric.

2. Use the binding method for a thin fabric for the best results.

3. Ensure you remove the pins as you sew and not pass them over to the sewing machine.

4. After making the seam on the wrong side, be sure to iron flat for a neat seam.

5. Ensure your fabric is not fraying so that you create neat seams.

Best Stitch to Use When Sewing a Curved Neckline

There is no specific stitch that you should use. When hemming the curved neckline, you may apply three types of stitches.

They include the backstitch, straight stitch, and topstitch. Mostly when stitching, you apply the backstitch all through the neckline.

What’s more, you can put the straight stitch at the top to line up the edges. At the end also you can use the topstitch.

Can You Use the Rubbing Method?

Yes! It is also an option for curved necklines but mostly applies to t-shirts. Mostly the method needs an overlocker, but you can also use the machine.

So, start by sewing the ribbing piece and the circle. Create an even stretch by pinning the neckline and the ribbing piece.

Like the rest of the methods, start with a backstitch. Finish off the top with a topstitch.



I'm Jessica Flores, a professional fashion designer and an expert seamstress. Crafting has always been a deep-seated passion of mine, one that has flourished and evolved over the years. I've dedicated considerable time to both studying and practicing in the realm of fashion and sewing, amassing a wealth of experience and skills. It brings me great joy to share these insights and experiences with you all, hoping to inspire and foster a similar passion for the art of sewing.

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