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Date: 7/27/12 3:04 AM

Does anyone have any suggestions on tension settings for sewing slinky knit fabric? I'm having a difficult time getting the right settings for a nice smooth, clean edge finish, especially for a rolled hem, and serging a single layer of the fabric. Thanks for any advice!
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Date: 7/27/12 12:40 PM

I don't think you can get a rolled hem on slinky. Its just too thick.

I have made a lettuce edge though.

Experiment on scraps.

For just a seam finish. I don't bother sergering because it adds a lot of bulk to seams. I just use a sewing machine with a longer stitch.
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Date: 7/27/12 12:59 PM

A narrow 3-thread is a good alternative for the rolled hem when it won't work with the fabric. I've also turned up the hem and coverstitched it in place.

Try a regular 3-thread for your seams and be sure to adjust the differential feed. I've been serging slinky on and off for years and didn't find it particular difficult to serge. Now, to cut, that's that different story. . .

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Date: 7/27/12 5:52 PM

Maybe try using a thicker thread, like a Wooly Nylon in the lower and maybe even upper looper to give the rolled hem the look you're going for.

I can't remember what settings I used but you'll have to play around a bit before you find the right settings.

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Date: 7/28/12 8:56 AM

I have just had to shorten a very slippery slinky curved (up!!) hem dress. I used dream weave stretch interfacing pressed onto the hem width before O/L the edge (3 thread) and small zigzag machine hemming (using woolly nylon in the bobbin & loose bobbin tension). I don't have a coverlock machine, just a Bernina 800DL O/L and I lessen the lower looper tension to 1-2 setting when using woolly nylon; upper looper 5 - this varies with the material); needle 4 (normal - can vary). I didn't need to adjust the diff. feed at all. If I was roll hemming or lettuce hemming I would use diff. feed adjustments etc...Whatever hem you want to achieve there is no magic formula....practice, try something, practice again, walk away, come back latter, practice....until you are really happy. Story of my life!
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Date: 7/28/12 7:28 PM

I need to lighten pressure foot and differential for knits. I have not tried a rolled hem on a knit but I don't know why I couldn't do it (maybe I should try before I comment ). I have used wooly nylon in the lower looper with good success for a rolled hem. I follow the recommendations in the manual for the tension settings and that has worked for me.
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Date: 7/28/12 7:50 PM

I'm in the Serger class and the recommendation is to use a 3 thread narrow stitch (right needle instead of left needle) on this type of knit. Also, I'd suggest wooly nylon in the looper.

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Date: 7/28/12 10:28 PM

I don't think a home serger can make a rolled hem on slinky. Acutually, slinky doesn't unravel, so you really don't have to hem it, unless you want to.

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