“Learning Curve”

Rolled hems on the sewing machine are something I just don’t do all that often and there is a learning curve for these terrific hemmer feet.  As I have said in earlier posts, I tend to make quite a few items for my family by request.  This time a request has come to me from my nephew’s four year old daughter.  She is requesting a t-shirt dress with a ruffle that matches a ruffled t-shirt dress for her 18” doll.  The request is so cute and sincere, who could say no?  Anyway, after getting the preferred colors nailed down and her current size, I thought I should spend some time practicing with my rolled hemmer foot so I can hem those all-important ruffles that will make the plain t-shirt into a frilly dress.  Did I already mention that rolled hems are something I just don’t do all that often and that there is a learning curve for these terrific feet?  Before using any of my project material, I wanted to practice on some scrap material I had in my stash box.  There are several sizes of hemmer feet both from Pfaff and from Husqvarna Viking, but I tend to do best with the larger hemmer feet, so I use the 4mm or 5mm.  If you give this technique a try, I would suggest you start out sewing at a slower speed, but as you gain confidence, you will be able to sew at a normal speed and do quite well.  I also suggest you use the method that starts your hem on a piece of water soluble stabilizer since getting the hem started, at least for me, is the trickiest part.  I have included three video links at the end of this blog entry that show you, in detail, how to use the hemmer foot; each video shows a bit of unique material from the other videos.  Also, at the end of this entry, I have included four more video links just for fun.  I didn’t know that quilting while camping was such a thing.  I thought with summer here, if you didn’t know about this either; you might want to check it out!  Happy Sewing!

Narrow hem video #1 , video #2 , video #3

For my project’s ruffles I will be using my Husqvarna Viking 5mm hemmer foot.
I find that my tweezers and my stiletto are very useful in this technique.
There are basically two ways to begin the rolled hem. I tend to use both methods shown in the videos and that works for me. I start by sewing a couple of stitches into the flat material, guiding the material along the outside of the foot.
After sewing those three or four stitches, I leave the material in the machine while I fold over the material into its final hemmed shape.
This method, when the fabric is folded then folded again, places the first couple stitches I took, on the top of my rolled hem. I now have the thread tails to hold onto as I begin to fit the material onto the foot and stitch.
I put the needle into the fabric with the foot up and position the material into the hemmer foot. I know if I keep my material riding along the left of the foot (where my pointer is) while I sew, my hem will come out looking great.
This is the final product. This material is a bit thick so I was able to use the center needle position. When I finish practicing and begin the actual hemming of the project material, I will need to do a quick test sew out to check my alignments with the foot and needle position.

As promised, here are the video links for the glamping quilting adventures. Who knew? This looks like a whole lot of fun!

video #1

video #2

video #3

video #4