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November 9th, 2008 ± by Sarai
Hand rolled hems are so lovely, and with a little practice and a few tricks, quite easy to do (if a bit time consuming).
Begin by machine stitching 1/4 from the edge along the entire edge.
Press the stitching flat.
Thread a hand sewing needle with matching thread. For a delicate fabric such as this silk charmeuse, use a small needle with a narrow eye to minimize the visibility of holes in your fabric.
To do this. Anchor your thread at the edge of the fabric by creating a few backstitches there. Roll it until the machine stitching is hidden within the roll. but this craft supply caddy worked just as well. I¶ve read one recommendation to use a fabric-covered brick. Books would also be fine. Slip the needle through the fold for 1/4 and back out. This is so you can pull the fabric taut as you sew. hold the fabric edge between your thumb and forefinger. Now create a tiny stitch between the folded edge and the garment fabric. as shown in the above photo. Use a slipstitch to stitch the hem. Trim close to the stitching as you go. trimming about six inches at a time. catching only a few threads of the garment. Trimming only a bit at a time will minimize raveling. bring the needle out through the folded hem. . Try to get very close to the stitches. Alternate the tiny stitch with the 1/4 . Pulling the fabric taut. and roll toward you.Now find something you can use as a weight.
(Together they act as a third hand. I have much better results keeping the edge being hemmed under tension ² it creates a nice.Continue until edges are completely hemmed. . You want it to have a nice soft roll to it. then hold the edge taut with my left hand as I sewed with my right hand. Sarai says: Re the rolled hem. by hand. straight rolled hem. for a righthanded person. while the edge is taut.) Then. Do not press this seam flat when you¶re done. As the sewn edge gets longer. sewing away from the needle. I put an edge under my sewing machine needle & lower the presser foot. I hope this isn¶t too confusing! In your photo above. I¶d have the right-hand edge secured under the needle & presser foot. re-position the needle/presser foot to keep about a 12 -18 area being hemmed. pull the edge taut and sew.