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Posted on: 10/27/08 10:24 PM
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This week, I have been revisiting all the fun feet for some of my class sewing machines and having way too much fun to qualify as work. ( I feel SO lucky to get paid well to teach sewing- forgive me for gloating) Anyhow, it's easy to forget about how wonderful these feet are and how much easier they make sewing. I'm currently using a tiny hemmer that turns a 1/4 inch hem, my knit skirts look great. I don't have to iron a hem, it is sinfully easy! There are binders, fringe makers, cording feet, it's incredible. There's the most wonderful thread on feet on the boards go to by loohoo44. It is comprehensive. So make some time Saturday morning and just play. You will be so glad you did!

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Joni2 said... (11/1/08 11:44 PM) Reply
Yes, these ideas help, especially as I'm making long skirts like that, too. I have an old Huskylock and a Singer so I'll try it on both. My earlier attempts were with a Brother. Thanks!
ryansmumAria said... (11/1/08 5:02 PM) Reply
Joni, Now I understand why using that hemmer may elude you. Today in my sewing classroom, I used an older bernina to make a sample hem using the 1/4 inch hemmer. It would not work regardless of what I did. It was a big mess. I went back to one of the industrial singer needle machines and it was all smooth sailing so not all turners are equal. Do you have an other machine you could give it a try on. It is such a fabulous foot when it does work.
newlywedws said... (10/29/08 10:18 PM) Reply
ryansmum - it's the same application that is used when posting on the message board (don't mean to "hijack" the comment area)
ryansmumAria said... (10/29/08 7:24 AM) Reply
Newlywed, you have to tell us how you did that!
ryansmumAria said... (10/29/08 7:18 AM) Reply
Joni, The hemmer works on very full knit skirts hems so a 1/4 inch hemmer is appropriate for this application. I wouldn't use it on an A line skirt or slim skirt. In those cases, I make a 1 1/2 or larger hem to add needed weight. I wear very long skirts, rather bohemian styled, slim 2/3 of the way and then severely flared. so that may also help explain why this style hem works. I will post some picture next week when there is more time. I haven't had a problem turning the hem but I go slowish since it seems to want to twist. I always practice with scrap fabric to get a feel for it. Hope that helps.
newlywedws said... (10/29/08 0:23 AM) Reply
this is the link for JoaniesJosh :) I'm going to have fun looking through all those feet and familiarising myself w/ the appropriate names!
Joni2 said... (10/28/08 10:33 PM) Reply
I'd love to know how you're using a hemmer with knits so successfully. It eludes me; thanks.
Winifred said... (10/28/08 5:56 PM) Reply
This is wonderful - just typed the address in the address bar at the top and then added it to my favouites. BTW can someone tell me how to get all these favs into alphabetical order please ??
ryansmumAria said... (10/28/08 9:49 AM) Reply
JJ, sorry, I'm not so great at those types of things, I really have no clue. Maybe someone else will chime in.
JoaniesJosh said... (10/28/08 8:46 AM) Reply
Is there any way from this page to click on to SewingDiscussions/topic/27779?
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