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Posted on: 3/27/06 11:51 AM
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I groan when I read a pattern calling for a double-fold hem that involves first turning the raw edges under 1/4-inch. I usually change it to 3/8-inch, just so that it's not as difficult for me to measure and pin. But now that I have a serger - no problem! I just serge the raw edges (skimming the knife), and then I have a perfect 1/4-inch measure along the edge. I fold it to the edge of the serger threads and pin and press there, then fold again to whatever measurement is called for. This is going to make me much happier with 1/4-inch folds.

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stitchinjj said... (4/23/06 11:11 AM) Reply
Sometimes I use my quarter inch foot on the sewing machine and make my stitch length longer, sew along the edge first to give me a line to turn.
grandmasews said... (3/28/06 9:09 PM) Reply
this could be the answer to making it more RTW looking - I'll give it a try
MelissaB in WA said... (3/28/06 9:23 AM) Reply
Yes, that is what I do, it definitely makes turning up 1/4" a breeze doesn't it!!! :-)
FloraNature said... (3/28/06 5:41 AM) Reply
Great tip!
KarenP said... (3/27/06 1:17 PM) Reply
Clever! I'll have to give this a try.
 
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