Hemming Techniques

Learn different hemming techniques so you can modify and professionally finish your garments

One of the most common things I hear from new students when asked why they want to learn to sew is: "So I can hem my own pants!" This class will provide you with a wide array of hemming techniques that you can use/apply to hem your trousers, jeans, skirts, shirts, shorts, and knit garments too.

What You'll Learn

In the interest of time you will NOT be hemming actual garments, instead you will make small samples of each of these hemming techniques:

  • Double fold (2 types)
  • Zig zag
  • Blind hem
  • Rolled hem
  • Original jean hem
  • Twin needle
  • Bias bound
  • Hem tape
  • Lace hem tape
  • Serged (will be demoed with a serger)


This class is for anyone who already knows how to sew, or the confident beginner who knows how to use a sewing machine and basic sewing techniques. If you're new to sewing, check out these options: Quick-Project workshops, Beginner Basics class, or the in-depth Intro to Sewing Course.

Materials to Bring

  • Thread
  • Your sewing machine, along with these presser feet:
    • Zig zag
    • Overedge
    • Rolled hem
    • Blind hem
    • Edge stitch
  • All other materials will be provided


Public Class

At locations around Austin
See available dates & times below
$45 / person
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Private Class

When and Where You Want
Starting Prices / Person:
1 = $35 / hour
2+ = $55 / person
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1 x 2 hour session


In the meantime, check out options for private sewing classes to learn how to make this project when and where you want.

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Private Group Classes
If this class isn't currently scheduled, or available at a time or place that's convenient for you, check out the private sewing class options. Ronkita Design classes can be scheduled as private classes for 1 person, or get even better rates for groups of 2 or more, and at a time and location that works best for you! Learn More

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About the Instructor

Vanessa has 18+ years of experience teaching adults and children. She was an instructor at the Stitch Lab where she taught intro and specialty sewing classes, gave private lessons, hosted parties, and ran summer camps. In addition to sewing, she has also taught art, English and grammar to children as young as two all the way through high school-aged kids. Her teaching experience extends overseas as well when Vanessa was in the Peace Corps and she taught grades 1-12, and ran clubs and summer camps. Vanessa has taught adults and kids of all ages, and especially likes seeing how everyone applies their newfound sewing skills to express themselves.

Vanessa is a full-time seamstress, working with clients on a wide variety of custom projects and production, that helps to keep her current with the latest sewing trends and technologies. She is also a machine service technician and has expert knowledge on a wide range of sewing machines. This experience is shared with her students by showing them how to properly use and maintain their sewing machine.

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Custom Sewing Services

Custom Sewing

Any of the items made in our classes can also be made custom for you. We specialize in creating custom clothing, decor, stuff for pets, and more.

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