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Date: 9/6/12 4:41 PM

I'm working on a top that has a flounce. The flounce has a 3/8 inch hem. I'm making it out of a sheer type of fabric. There is no way on this earth I can turn under a 3/8 by hand and have it work(not on a sheer). I went out today and purchased a rolled hem foot. I've just spent the last half hour trying to get something to work. I started out with a lightweight cotton. I couldn't get the edge to catch up under the stitching. I then tried on some scraps of sheer I'm working with. Figured I might as well get the feel of the fabric I'm going to have to hem. Still can't get it to work. I've watched several Youtube videos. They make it look so simple. What am I doing wrong. The needle seems to be awfully close to the folded edge of the hem. Does anyone have a trick to make this work?

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Date: 9/6/12 5:03 PM

I use my rolled hem feet a lot and the trick is how you hold and feed in the fabric. I put my needle in the fabric first in order to hold it. Then insert the fabric into the little "scroll" part of the foot. It is sometimes easier to do this with the foot up. Then when you are sewing hold the fabric edge so that is is standing up. Feed only the amount into the "scroll" that fills it exactly, no more or less. Use your left hand to help you keep this even, consistent amount. It's kind of hard to explain, hope this helps a bit.

Also, if the fabric is very tricky I sometimes will spray starch it or even use Best Press.
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Date: 9/6/12 5:12 PM

JTink,

Here's another thread on rolled hems with some more links on sewing a rolled hem.

Are you holding the edge of your fabric at a slight angle over the scroll opening as it's feeding through? It's hard for me to explain in words how to do it, and also try to help you without seeing what you're doing (I am a very visual person!). I think Brian of BrianSews has a video on YouTube that was really helpful on how the fabric needs to be held so it catches in the fold.

Don't forget it might not be you that's the problem, sometimes the inside of the foot for the smaller widths aren't curved very well making it even harder to feet the fabric through. If you have a machine that takes high shank feet I highly recommend looking to get some industrial hemmer feet in the future because the scroll openings are much bigger, thus making it easier to feed the fabric through.

Here's Brian's video!

I know how frustrating it is with this foot, hang in there, you'll get it soon!!

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Date: 9/6/12 5:24 PM

Was it this you tube?

I'm watching now and it's really helpful.

eta: I have an orange stick by my machine (a new one purchased just for sewing) to use instead of the awl he uses - I feel like the wood is just a bit more "grabby" and maybe safer too (I use mine to lay gathers down as I stitch.)
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Date: 9/6/12 5:25 PM

I never could get a rolled hem with a sm foot. Serger is no problem at all, though.

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Subject: Rolled hems...Im about to pull my hair out! Date: 9/6/12 5:54 PM

In order to get my rolled hem foot to "grab" the edge of the fabric, I have to zigzag it first. An unfinished edge is just impossible with my foot (Bernina, very narrow hem). I haven't tried starch.

Though I'm with Tourist; if you have a serger that does a nice rolled hem, skip the finicky sewing machine version and do it the easy way. Heh.

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Date: 9/6/12 6:45 PM

I can't thank you all enough for the wonderful suggestions and tips. And a huge thank you to Brian. That was a great video. He showed how to actually line things up to keep them even.
I went back to the machine and did everything the way he did. I'm still having a problem. I think I may be using the wrong foot for my machine. I went to AllBrands and bought the foot they have. They sell BabyLock and I have a Kenmore 18221.

When I look at what's happening, my needle is too far to the right of the material. It just barely hits the fold edge and usually falls off, so I'm actually stitching nothing. If I shift the needle to the left, it's too far over that way. I'm wondering if this foot is not the right one to line up with my needle. Is this ever an issue, or is it still "user error"?

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Date: 9/6/12 6:55 PM

I just went on the Sears website. I can get a set of hemmer feet for the same price I was charged for this one! I'm going to take this one back and go up to Sears. If I order it at the store, it will be sent to my home without shipping costs.

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Date: 9/6/12 7:33 PM

Paco Peralta has a great tutorial on his blog. You'll have to scroll down a ways to reach it.

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Date: 9/6/12 7:39 PM

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I just went on the Sears website. I can get a set of hemmer feet for the same price I was charged for this one! I'm going to take this one back and go up to Sears. If I order it at the store, it will be sent to my home without shipping costs.

I never got the hang of the rolled hem until I got Carol Laflin Ahles Fine Machine Sewing.

Starch, leader thread, hold the hands a certain way...ok, I finally got it.

With regard to online vendors, try Ken's Sewing Center. No shipping fees. The store is located in Muscle Shoals and I get my orders in just a few days.



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