I posted a while back about sewing with a hemmer foot to make this lovely pink frosting-like pillow case back in August.
But I have to admit, since that time I've gotten even better at using a hemmer foot and found a few tricks that help make practically perfect seams every time. I know, there I go bragging again. Bear with me.
I found some great tips on this video. I'm so much better at learning something when I can watch it and practice it. I watched another video and gleaned some goodness off of hers too, but for the life of me I can't find it again. Sorry nice lady!
Three of the best tips I found
for using a hemmer foot for a rolled hem-
#1. SLOW AND STEADY (take a chill and slow it down)
#2. Fold over material and finger-press to create a starter seam
#3. Help your hemmer foot do the work by continuing to fold over your seam & hold fabric taut
Okay, lets put these tips to work:
- I folded over and created a start to the seam the same width as the groove in the hemmer foot (I used a 4mm). This is cotton fabric, so pressing the seam down with my finger held it well.
- I folded it over again and finger-pressed it. This became the start to the seam.
- I put this seam directly under the hemmer foot and stitched a few stitches to secure it
- Next, I pulled the fabric up and in the hold of the hemmer foot.
- I continued to fold over the material as it feed through, while holding it taut (slightly-tight but not too tight). It helped guide the material through the foot neatly.
- Here's me in action. Keeping the continuous fold, while guiding the material and holding it taut. (You have no idea how tricky it was to get this shot. What I won't do for my blog.)
- Check out the left seam. Straight, straight, straight!
- So precise. And practically perfect. What'd I tell ya?
- Gotta love this technique!
It made sewing these ruffles so much easier.
Don't do it the hard way, give those sewing feet a try!
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