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Serging blind hem on knits
How do I set my serger to get a good blind hem on knits?
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Date: 6/17/13 1:40 PM

Hi!

I have spent the whole afternoon trying a blind hem on knit fabric with my serger. No way!
I have tried increasing and lowering the tension of the different dials in any possible way but I did not manage to get a satisfactory result. Can someone help me? How do you set your serger for a blind hem on knits?

Btw, I have a Brother 3034D and the fabric I have been using is a supple medium-weight double knit. However I had tried before with a stretch rayon jersey and the results had been exactly as bad

Thank you for your help!

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Monica

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Date: 6/17/13 3:00 PM

I would try adjusting the presser foot pressure to see if this will help.

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Date: 6/17/13 3:42 PM

Turn the garment inside-out. Fold the hem allowance under (toward the wrong side of the fabric), then flip the fold inside the garment (towards the right side of the fabric). You should have a little lip of the hem allowance sticking out with a fold of fabric on top (wrong side of fabric). Run this through the serger with the fold JUST at the needle. The serging will be on the edge of the hem, and the needle may make very tiny ladders on the outside of the garment.

If you have the needle any further over (into the fold), it will make a line that looks like a seamline on the outside. This makes a great casing for a drawstring or elastic, but is not invisible.

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Date: 6/17/13 4:53 PM

I'm a real newbie but I've done a test blind hem on my 1034D using a med-light cotton knit and it turned out very well. I went by the manual with no changes and I was very happy with my sample.
Maybe since the first post you have solved the problem?

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Date: 6/17/13 5:08 PM

Biochem....Cool, I didn't know you could do this. I must try! Thanks!

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Date: 6/18/13 10:33 PM

Wow, I didn't know you could do that either! I'm going to try it as well!

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Date: 6/19/13 3:31 AM

Thank you for your replies
It is clear to me how to fold the fabric and set the needle. The problem is that the left side - I mean the little lip that gets "encased" by the threads - does not look good (and I changed the settings in a million ways!). Moreover, it does not seem to have a lot of stretch. Maybe I am wrong in what I expect from a serged hem?!?

In the meantime I decided to hem my dress with a double needle with my regular sewing machine, but I am still interested in understanding how to hem with my serger...

Any suggestion is welcome!

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Monica

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