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Rolled Hem with a Sewing Machine and Serger

Learn how to use a sewing machine and serger to create a fabulous rolled hem in this video by Kenneth D. King.

Threads #194, Dec. 2017/Jan. 2018

Threads contributing editor Kenneth D. King demonstrates his expert method for creating a narrow hem on sheer or lightweight fabrics. This technique begins with a serged rolled hem, which is then rolled to the fabric’s wrong side and delicately stitched in place with a narrow zigzag. One secret to this method’s success is using a pintuck foot to guide the rolled hem along as you apply the zigzag stitch. The resulting hem looks nearly identical from both sides.

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  1. maguertae October 24th

    Beautiful finish. It seems that this makes for a fairly stiff hem so you would not use this on a flowing dress hem, would you?

  2. DebJP October 24th

    Extremely helpful and clearly demonstrated. Many thanks.

  3. user-3270847 October 25th

    Great tip and video. Thank you!

  4. CarolFresia October 25th

    You can use it on flowing fabrics if you like. It will add some weight and body to the hem (which might be desirable). If your fabric is quite flimsy and soft, you might want to include a wash-away stabilizer in the stitching, or starch the fabric, or even sew over a strip of color-matched tissue paper, which you'd tear off after completing the serged rolled hem.

    Carol Fresia, Threads Sr. Technical Editor

  5. Delica October 25th

    Love this method. Very clear instructions for those of use who struggle with hemming those wonderful sheer fabrics.

  6. User avater user-987476 November 22nd

    Love this technique, I'm going to use it. Mr. King is an excellent teacher! Thank you.

  7. dsantil71 April 19th

    I don't have a serger. Can I use another type of stitch as a 1st step on my sewing machine?

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