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How to sew the hem band on the Jarrah sweater by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Are you making View A for your Jarrah sweater? Well we’re going to finish it up today! All that’s left do is the hem. View A uses a hem band. The pattern recommends using a ribbing fabric for that perfect, traditional sweatshirt feel. But you can also use the same fabric as the body of your sweater, or another jersey knit fabric. Either way, the steps below are what you need to complete your look. So let’s get going!

How to sew the hem band on the Jarrah sweater by Megan Nielsen Patterns How to sew the hem band on the Jarrah sweater by Megan Nielsen Patterns Place your two hem band pieces right sides together, lining up the shorter ends.

Sew 1/4″ from the raw edge on both ends using a zig zag stitch or serger.

How to sew the hem band on the Jarrah sweater by Megan Nielsen Patterns Press the seams open or to the side.

How to sew the hem band on the Jarrah sweater by Megan Nielsen Patterns Fold the band in half lengthwise with wrong sides together, enclosing the seams. Match up the seam lines and line up the raw edges.

Press well.

How to sew the hem band on the Jarrah sweater by Megan Nielsen PatternsPlace pins or markings at 4 spots – the 2 side seams and the center front and center back notches.

How to sew the hem band on the Jarrah sweater by Megan Nielsen Patterns On the sweater, pin or mark the center front and center back at the hem.

How to sew the hem band on the Jarrah sweater by Megan Nielsen PatternsPlace the hem band on top of the right side of the sweater, lining up the raw edges (there will be 3 layers – the two layers of the band and the one layer of the sweater). Match up the side seams and center front and center back notches. Pin in place around the entire band.

How to sew the hem band on the Jarrah sweater by Megan Nielsen Patterns Sew in place 1/4″ from the raw edge using a zig zag stitch or serger. Or if you’re like me: both. Sew with a zig zag stitch and finish the edge with a serger.

How to sew the hem band on the Jarrah sweater by Megan Nielsen Patterns Flip the hem band down and press the seam allowance towards the sweater body. Press very well! Your band will most likely be a little wavy and not laying flat straight off the sewing machine. Pressing it well will help it lay flat.

How to sew the hem band on the Jarrah sweater by Megan Nielsen PatternsOptional: you can topstitch close to the seam (on the sweater, not the band) using a zig zag stitch or twin needle. This can help keep the seam flat and just provides a nice touch.

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Holly writes part time for the Megan Nielsen blog– sewing like crazy, creating tutorials and sewalongs. She has been sewing since she was a little girl, and has her degree in apparel design. Now she’s a stay at home mama, and spends all her free nap times at her sewing machine.

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