Last week I made some knit skirts and used rolled hems on the bottom, which gave a nice wavy finish!
I had intended to use the rolled edge setting on my overlocker (serger) but was having problems getting my overlocker to work (later discovered I needed to change the needle!)
Anyway - since I couldn't do the rolled edge on my overlocker, I decided to try using the rolled hem foot on my sewing machine.
I found it was actually quite easy to use! Here's how:
You fold the edge of your fabric over twice to form your hem and slide this under the foot:
Then put the needle down into the hem where you want it stitched:
Lower the foot, then holding both threads at the back make 3 or 4 stitches.
Then just gently ease the hem up into the curl of the hemmer foot, and continue stitching and feeding the edge of the fabric through:
This produces a nice, neat, small hem:
If you do exactly the same but with knit fabric, the resulting hem has this nice wavy look:
Now that I have my overlocker working again, I thought I'd compare my sewing machine rolled hem with my overlocked rolled edge.
Here's both on the plain cotton fabric - the overlocked hem at the top, and the sewing machine hem on the bottom:
Then here's the difference with the knit fabric. Again the overlocked edge is at the top and the sewing machine stitched hem at the bottom.
I have to say I prefer the machine stitched rolled hem - particularly with the knit fabric, but it is slightly more fiddly to do with the sewing machine!
Do you have a rolled hem foot for your machine? Do you use it much?
I think that I'm going to try out my other machine feet this week. Having had my machine for about 8 years, I think it's about time I learnt what it can do!
I'll post over the coming days what I learn!
I'll be trying:
Blind Stitch Hemming
How well do you know what your sewing machine can do??