Saturday, May 7, 2011

Tutorial: How to Sew a Rolled Hem

I love a rolled hem. Some of my projects using one are:
 
 
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And most recently, the Sunny Little Miss dress for the Sunshine Round of SYTYC (which I won that round by 2 votes! Wow, such a close competition!).
 
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My mother-in-law first introduced me to the rolled hem foot and since then I have found it to be one of my most useful sewing machine accessories. I LOVE this thing!
 
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I was able to have my MIL sit down and teach me how to use it. But not everyone can get her to come sit next to them for a little teaching session, so I thought you might be interested in a tutorial on how to use this strange looking foot.
 
First, remove your regular foot and put the rolled hem foot on your machine. Check and make sure the needle is in the position to still be able to go through the opening in the foot. With my old machine, it’s regular setting worked. With my newer machine I have to change the needle position to 4.
 
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With the wrong side facing up, fold the fabric over by about 1/8” and lower your needle to hold the fabric in place.
 
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Lower your presser foot and the pull the folded portion of your fabric up into the curl on the foot.
 
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Start sewing, lifting the fabric as you go and guiding it into the foot.
 
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And there you have it, a rolled hem!
 
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25 comments:

  1. You have blown my mind with the existence of this foot!!!! I thought you had to have a serger to do a rolled hem. I must go order one for my machine!

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  2. That is a great tool! I'd love for you to come over and link this up to our wicked awesome wednesday link party, if you get a chance.

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  3. Okay so I totally voted for you in SYTYC! loved your outfits!! And that is so cool ~ i need to get one of the foot thingys for my sewing machine!! Thanks for sharing ~ come by and say hi sometime!

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  4. thank you for your comment- you are so talented, it's an honor to be in the top four with you - I thought yours was the little miss sunshine dress or the one that was actually yours - See Kate sew- the retro swim caps and the hats - Becky maes. My guesses were pretty right :) See you next week... so excited to see what you've come up with. Tone

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  5. OMGosh!! I NEED that! I recently learned how to use a ruffler foot, and it was so easy. The rolled hem foot, looks just as easy too!! I am getting one. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. wow-I have always avoided sewing anything with tons of ruffles or any rolled hem. What a great post!

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  7. Wow! Thanks so much for sharing this! I had no idea that food existed!! What a great tool :) I just discovered you today & LOVE your blog - definatly going to have to follow you :)

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  8. Good to know! I've always just done this the hard way using my regular foot. I'll have to see if I have one of these!

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  9. Loving all your projects. Looking forward to keeping up with your blog.

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  10. Great tutorial!! I linked to it on Craft Gossip Sewing:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-sew-a-rolled-hem-on-a-sewing-machine/2011/05/14/

    --Anne

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  11. Yup! I need one too! I spend ages pinning tiny hems into place to do it by hand. I definitely want one!

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  12. Shut it, I need one NOW! Thanks so much for this tutorial!


    Becky
    www.liberatecreativity.com

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  13. Thanks for sharing this!! I just went to try this out and can't believe how easy it was! :)

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  14. Amazing! I have a bunch of odd looking feet my machine came with I wonder if this is one of them (is it that obvious I've barely opened the manual? ). If not I'll be getting me one of these! Seriously this will change my heming life!

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  15. I dug out my "feet" after reading this to see what I have. I have an "overcasting" foot which looks similar to this, does this do the same thing? I really want to do this as I too thought this could only be done with a surger, this will make my life so much easier!! Thanks for sharing this!

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  16. Arg! I have one and I just can't get it to work without making a mess of the whole hem, I will try again though as your hems looks so nice and neat!

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  17. I am SO going to try this today-thank you!

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  18. Thank you for linking to my party! This is a very useful tip!

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  19. Wow, I never knew that a rolled hem foot existed! What a great tool. I will definitely look for one next time I'm at JoAnn (which I'm sure will be very soon). Thanks!
    (via The Girl Creative)

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  20. thats it? you make it look so easy!! doesnt seem as scary as I thought!!! Thanks a mil. x

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  21. Oh I so neeed that foot! I have to stop visiting too many awesome goodies!

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  22. Thank you! You make it look so easy

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  23. Thanks for making it look so easy. I inhearited my Grandmothers Singer 301 and it came with a box of feet that I have no idea how to use. And this is one of them. I am so glad to know how to put it into action.
    Came over from AGAAGG shout-out.

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  24. I have a serger but I've never used it for a rolling hem. Just set up my new machine today. Brother like yours. I'm excited to try this out.

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