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Posted on: 10/30/08 7:21 AM
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My arthritis has been acting up and I was getting so cramped up as I was making a rolled hem on a blouse cuff. The contortions I go through to keep the material tightly rolled as it feeds through the foot! (of course I could be doing it all wrong since I am self taught) I had an "ah ha" momemt and turned my machine on the table so that the head was facing me. OMG! No hand cramp and wrist dislocation! No leaning over to the left to get a better view of the material coming through the foot. I'm sure someone else has thought of this before, but I just had to shout my revelation from the PR rooftop. Dang, I just wish I had figured this out when I was making my daughter's prom dress last spring.

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svetlana said... (11/8/08 9:07 AM) Reply
Needlenorth, I do have a walking foot. In fact, just started using it a lot in some stages of clothing construction after I went to my first ever formal sewing class. (Brother NX 400) It came with my machine and I thought it was only for quilting. However, I wasn't aware that you could combine the walking foot with any other attachments. Tell me more!
needlenorth said... (11/7/08 8:50 AM) Reply
I'll have to try it. Do you have a walking foot? Would that also be helpful? My machine is a Pfaff 7530, and I have a foot that can be raised and lowered, and I think (but am not sure) used in conjunction with a rolled hem foot, in that it simply pivots down behind whatever foot is put on the shaft. Those who quilt like it because it holds several layers of fabric steady, and it is supposed to be great for slippery fabrics like layers of chiffon. So I would assume it would help. I am just learning these techniques myself.
Sew'n'go said... (11/2/08 11:55 AM) Reply
What an interesting idea!
JenniferBee said... (11/1/08 4:02 AM) Reply
What a great idea, I can see the benefits you can obtain by turning the machine. Will be trying it soon.
svetlana said... (10/31/08 5:36 PM) Reply
Nancy K, I am using my regular machine and a rolled hem foot. It took me a full day for my hands and shoulders to recover after I did my DD's prom dress (yards of beaded organza). This is much better body mechanics.
ladybegood said... (10/31/08 11:21 AM) Reply
Well, I never thought of doing this before, so thanks for sharing!
Wendy Hahn said... (10/31/08 10:46 AM) Reply
Great idea!
Nancy K said... (10/31/08 8:14 AM) Reply
I am not sure how you are doing this. Are you using your regular sewing machine and a rolled hem foot?
svetlana said... (10/30/08 9:42 PM) Reply
I was talking to a friend at work who quilts and she said that is the recommendation for free motion quilting. I will have to try it on other things that give me fits, like maybe blind hemming.
j222b said... (10/30/08 3:47 PM) Reply
This is very interesting. Do you think other sewing chores should be done like this, too? or just the rolled hem?
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