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Date: 2/19/13 10:48 PM

So, I'm looking for the serger that makes the best rolled hems. I won't need it for any other hems/stitches, just for making rolled hems/narrow overlock stitches.

My main prioritys would be
- Makes a perfectly flat, even hem on any natural fabric (i.e. linen, wool, cotton, etc.)
- Minimal-to-no threads poking out of the hem with wooly nylon thread

Ease of threading, good tension control, etc are also important but the two above would be my main prioritys.
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Date: 2/20/13 3:52 AM

hmm, my first thought would be are you sewing any curves? If so it's hard to avoid "pokeys" with an open fabric or really almost any fabric when dealing with bias and rolled edges.

2nd, rolled edges are usually slightly rolled as that is what they are. How flat and fine your edges are depends mostly on 2 factors.....how fine your fabric is and how fine your thread is.

Just another thought that you may want to research. A 2 thread stitch is not commonly used but because it only uses 2 threads it's very super fine. It's not a construction stitch but an edge stitch which is great for what you want. It looks just like a very fine rolled edge. Some sergers come with an adaptor to block off the upper looper and this stitch is made with the right needle and lower looper. I know Bernette's and Juki's have this option but it doesn't come with every model or make.

Also instead of setting your serger up for a rolled hem you could set up for a 2 thread balanced stitch. That means that you don't need to tighten the lower looper and both top and bottom overedge stitches are the same width.

The advantage here is that you won't be trying to roll over the fabric edge which will result in a flatter edge and much less pokeys.

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Date: 2/20/13 5:44 AM

I've been using the Bernina 800DL for 9 years, and it makes lovely rolled hems. I've only tested it using normal thread though. You might want to take a few samples into the dealer and test them out on the machine.

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Date: 2/20/13 11:00 AM

rag doll - no just straights. What I meant by flat was that the fabric doesn't get all wavy after you make a rolled hem on it, (sorry I probably should of specified that) I have a brother 1034D and when I make a rolled hem across linen it gets all wavy and it doesn't look good.

Hmm, I haven't thought about using a 2 thread stitch before, I'll have to look into that, thanks.

ariana - thanks for the suggestion, I'll look into that serger.

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Date: 2/20/13 11:28 AM

Do the instructions for your serger include the steps in this tutorial?

I was going to suggest disengaging the knife, which is on of the steps in the tutorial.

I found more suggestions in this book. If you do not have this publication, you can LOOK INSIDE and then do a search for rolled hems. There 4 - 5 suggested settings.






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Date: 2/20/13 11:48 AM

I've tried disengaging the knife and it didn't help unfortunately :(

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Date: 2/20/13 12:38 PM

Take samples of the fabric and thread that you are using for the rolled hem and begin visiting and testing sergers at all the sewing machine dealers you can find.

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Date: 2/20/13 10:58 PM

If the hem gets wavy , you need to adjust the differential feed.
At work we have 2 Juki 654's set up for rolled hems, but we only use silk fabric.

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Date: 2/21/13 6:24 AM

I would think it would be more just sewing technique, and fabric/thread/stitch length combinations, not just the actual serger (as in brand or model # ever) each time at all.

But also sounds like maybe you are making napkins or tablecloths?

I don't know about wool for that, l but the only thing I can think of out of linen that you would only want to use a overlocker for a rolled hem, and nothing else at all ever and with that Wolly nylon thread on linen, is maybe tablecloths or napkins? I think if you get fabric pokies it has nothing to do with the exact brand and model of serger at all, and more your fabric, threads, stitch lengths how sharp your knives are or not, and all that other kind of stuff instead actually.

So if you have all that good, I think you get good results maybe, and if not, just not on anything.

Not having things wavy or having things wavy on purpose, has to do with how you are using your pressure foot pressure, and your differential feed and probably how many stitches are jammed in there per inch maybe? Also sometimes maybe if overlocking cross grain or lengthwise grain could make some differences you might adjust for too?

So I think you should test sew on anything, and everything, but I think actual results (other than ease of threading maybe) are going to way vary, much more by all those other things, that you control all by yourself, rather than just the exact machine at all. So get those things right and you would probably be happy, but get those things wrong and maybe not so much even.

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Date: 2/21/13 12:40 PM

Quote: diane s
If the hem gets wavy , you need to adjust the differential feed.


That should definitely fix the wavy edges.
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