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Tips & Techniques > lettuce hem using a Brother 3034D serger

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Posted on: 4/24/12 4:39 PM
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It took me a long time to figure out the settings to get a nice looking lettuce hem on knits using my serger. So I hope this can be useful to someone else as well.

I set up my serger for a 3-threads stitch using the right needle.
Tensions: 4 - 5 - 7
Stitch lenght: R
Stitch width: 7
Differential: 0.7

I find that turning up the hem allowance and sewing on the fold produces the best result (much more similar to rtw). In the photo you can see the results of the stitch on a single layer of fabric letting the machine cut off the hem allowance (top) and on the fold (bottom). Both look pretty good, but I definitely prefer the second.

I also find that pulling the fabric just slightly from the back only (and not front and back) results in a more regular stitch.

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kws said... (4/28/12 4:54 PM) Reply
This is very helpful. Especially using the fold and pulling the fabric gently from behind the machine. thanks
keenpetite said... (4/28/12 0:53 AM) Reply
Highly helpful, plan to sew cotton knit capri outfits & lettuce edging its a nice finish. Tried in past but didn't turn out right, By tweaking setting, should be easy.Thanks & kudos to fellow sewer.
RatRace said... (4/27/12 9:48 AM) Reply
Thanks. I may try this with my 1034D serger.
 
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