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Serger rolled hem corners
Problem going round the corner
Seamyside
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Date: 4/28/07 3:58 PM

Hi, everyone,

I'm practicing with scraps to learn how to do rolled hem with new serger to make some sheer scarves. After finally getting the tension about right (don't ask how long that took me!), have discovered that after "roll hemming" one side of scrap, I cannot seem to get the adjoining side (90 degree turn) to feed. No matter whether I leave a tail and remove the scrap and then place the new corner in front of the foot, or if I try to go over the edge by a stitch and pivot the piece, it just won't feed. Seems like the completed rolled edge is somehow obstructed from passing under the presser foot. (Also, should the tail end from first side go under cutter when piece is turned?)

Can anyone advise as to whether my corner problem is related to sheerness or weave of fabric? The corner does seem to stretch and become distorted, and the distortion spreads down the fabric piece so that it won't lie or feed straight. Also wondering if I need to push the tail chain off the "finger" before starting the next side of the piece (when the piece gets stuck, I always end up pushing the chain off the finger, then cutting the threads and smoothing them out in a "starting" position so as to avoid thread jams--but this seems like a lot of trouble).

At this point, the sm looks to be the easier option, but I really wanted to learn how to do this on the serger.

Thanks for any suggestions!

Welmoed Sisson
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Date: 4/28/07 4:50 PM

Perfect corners with rolled edges are an iffy proposition; even after years of doing them I still have problems! The issue is that the machine is trying to roll the lump of the previous edge, and it can throw things out of line.
A better way to do the corners (if you can) is to round them off, so you are serging a continuous line rather than stopping and starting.
If you can't do that, another little trick is to do it this way:
1. Stitch your rolled hem to the end of the fabric but DO NOT stitch off. Stop when the needles have cleared the fabric.
2. Turn the flywheel so the needles are all the way down.
3. Lift the presser foot and very gently pull the fabric away from the needles. Don't yank it out... you just want some slack in the thread.
4. Turn the fabric 90 degrees and butt the fabric up against the needles. Do not lower the presser foot yet.
5. Gently pull back on the threads (up where they come into the machine); you want to take up the slack you pulled out.
6. Lower the presser foot.
7. Engage the stitch finger (i.e. take it off the rolled edge setting). Take a few stitches -- just enough to clear the previous rolled hem.
8. Disengage the stitch finger and continue stitching the rest of the edge. Do this for the remaining corners.

Hope this helps!

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In reply to Welmoed Sisson


Date: 4/29/07 12:26 PM

Thanks so much, Welmoed. I am going to try rounding the corners and see how I do with the curve. For true corners, these are great detailed instructions which will probably be helpful to others as well as myself.

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