Many good internet resources.

This has good general advice with many technique photos. Both hand and machine.
Free pdf from Colette patterns on sewing hems
(mitered corners at end)
Here’s an extract from that, just on sewing hems by hand.

More general discussion here from Sew Mama Sew.

Here are some specialist resources :

Very narrow hem (hairline) – tutorial from Allison, without using a rolled hem foot – similar to next method.

Narrow curved hem – many web tutorials.
For a machine sewn hem, I like the clear photos in this one from Victory patterns.
Instructions for both single fold and double fold hems.
Yes, 3 lines of machine stitching – trying to get away with only 2 is ‘more haste less speed’ if you want a quality result !
Here’s a similar version for fine fabrics, from Threads magazine.

For a more elegant finish, attach flexi-lace hem tape (sources in UK, US), then sew the hem by hand.

Many of these techniques are time consuming, but worth it for a quality finish.

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