- ---- <SCA-Milliners@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
> I adapted an excellent (for me) method for mastering rolled hems fromThank you. I've saved this and will give it a try.
> Singers "Sewing with Specialty Fabrics" book. Basically it is a two step
> rolled hem rather than one, but the first step gives you may more control
> of the finished size.
> The first step is to turn the edge over, as small as you are able to
> handle (I do about 1/8") for about six inches of the length of the hem. I
> then finger crease the fabric so that there is a little memory in the fold
> I made.
> Thread a fine needle with the finest thread possible which will help all
> work appear invisible. You will be attempting a small handsewn zig zag
> Start at the very edge of the top of the crease anchoring firmly and then
> take another small stitch beneath , but very close to the raw edge that is
> facing down. Then take stitch right back at the fold line v^v^v^v^ keeping
> the raw edge between your stitches. If the threads unravel, you either
> need a finer needle or turn down more fabric to prevent the unravelling.
> When you have done about 2 - 3 inches of the zig zag, gently pull on it
> holding the spot where you started between 2 fingers. You will magically
> see the hem roll over. Don't worry that some of the stitching may show
> because that is taken care of on the second pass. You are only attempting
> to have the fabric laying in place for the final stitching. Finish out to
> about 5 inches with the zig zag and tug and then fold over and crease the
> next section, taking care that the fold over is the same width. Also take
> time to smooth out the hem and put in the finger crease for the second
> round, insuring that you are not puckering the hem by pulling the zig zag
> too hard.
> The second pass is strictly to anchor with a fine hem stitch your roll,
> which the first pass left conveniently held in place without needing pins
> or needing a lot of digital manipulation. You can make *very* fine hems
> with this method. It takes a little bit longer but since all of the zig
> zag is hidden no one will ever be the wiser :D Try it and see!