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Tips & Techniques > Quick & Dirty Perfect Narrow Hem

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Posted on: 5/6/14 5:10 PM
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If you're like me....there are times when you want things to be perfect and almost as if made in high end RTW stores.

That is not frequent and at other times you are looking for a fast, easy way to accomplish something and you are not one who is too worried about topstitching.

If you are the former, this trick is not for you. If you are the latter, read on! Also check out the links--I made a short Flickr tutorial that starts on the picture shown above. :)

Step 1. Make sure your edge is neat and level. Serge all the way along the edge you are hemming.

Step 2. Roll that edge down along the serged line.

Step 3. Turn that folded edge down once more so the serged part is enclosed within the folds of fabric.

Step 4. Stitch with a narrow hem foot. Press, and move on with life!

The narrow hem foot makes it easier to keep the fabric all even and together under the presser foot. The double fold keeps things looking professional as well as monitors the amount of fabric you're using--this technique uses 1/2" of fabric, or a little more if you serge the extra off in step 1.

Hope this helps!!

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Lagolden2 said... (5/7/14 10:11 AM) Reply
love this need this
ASiverson said... (5/7/14 9:34 AM) Reply
I have to try this one! Thank you so much HP!
clcruick said... (5/7/14 6:33 AM) Reply
I also do this with a machine basting stitch when I don't want the serged edge. For a narrow hem, I use my quarter inch foot to baste in the line. Very effective for linings!
arianamaniacs said... (5/7/14 6:02 AM) Reply
thats how I always narrow hem because the serged edge gives you a more exact hem. I wouldnt call it quick n dirty, its smart! :)
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