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Posted on: 2/8/05 5:24 PM
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I've never been satisfied with a rolled or narrow hem, as it doesn't start or end well, and it's often uneven in width.

Should work but doesn't: David Coffin's rolled hemmer. Claire Shaeffer's "The Complete Book of Sewing Shortcuts" method almost works. Everything I learned in junior high home ec: no. Pressing first just burns my fingers.

Today I finished a shirt for DH, KS # 2000, and the rolled hem from the pattern directions worked beautifully: overcast the bottom edge of the shirt, fold a narrow hem to the inside and stitch close to the inner edge.

I did the overcast on my regular Pfaff and pressed the narrow edge up before stitching. The beginning and end (faced and interfaced edges) and the shirttail curves were perfect, and definitely looked professional.

Even after laundering, that hem is still beautiful.

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pittysmom said... (6/9/05 5:02 PM) Reply
I forgot to say that I starch and press it each time I turn it up also. The starch just makes it stay down better so the stitching looks better. Also when I overcast it I used my serger, much faster if you have one.
pittysmom said... (6/9/05 5:00 PM) Reply
I just figured this out today! I overcasted the edge cause I am not good at eyeballing it and too lazy to use a seam gauge, then I just turn it up right on the inside needle line, so the overcast is the actual width of the hem. then turn it up again, move my needle position all the way over and it stitches right in the middle of the hem. It's great! If you're doing a circular hem, you would want to set your differential feed to gather a little, so that it would draw in the hem a bit. Too easy!!
HeatherDiane said... (2/24/05 10:07 AM) Reply
I've had the same problem as you with rolled hems. So that I understand, with the new technique, after overcasting you turned up the hem once? Thanks!
j222b said... (2/8/05 7:08 PM) Reply
Thanks. My Janome has an overcast stitch (#10 on my machine) & I love it. Will try it as a narrow hem. I like the # 10 better than my serger for many finishes-it's slower going than the serger, but I think it looks neater.
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