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Rolled Hem?

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  • Julie
    ... Thank you. I ve saved this and will give it a try. Julie
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 7, 2007
      ---- <SCA-Milliners@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
      > I adapted an excellent (for me) method for mastering rolled hems from
      > 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
      > stitch.
      >
      > 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!
      >
      > Katherine
      >
      Thank you. I've saved this and will give it a try.
      Julie
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