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rolled hem on a square bandana

BellaGabriella | Posted in General Sewing Info on

Is this possible to do on a corner? I have a rolled hem foot which I have just discovered – and love it – but need to finish a few bandanas and was wondering if you can neatly use this hem on a corner.

Any techniques you know of that will leave a nice corner finish?

Nancy

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  1. rekha | | #1

    How about rounded rather than sharp corners

  2. BernaWeaves | | #2

    Try folding the corners in before sewing.  They might sort of miter that way.  Or you might just have to do the very corner bits by hand.

     

    Berna

  3. BellaGabriella | | #3

    ...and Rekha

    Well, I tried both suggestions and I am not the person to make either work. So, I guess it will just be a regular turned hem with mitered corners.

    Gotta try.

    Thanks.

    Nancy

    Edited 6/11/2008 9:21 pm ET by BellaGabriella

    Edited 6/11/2008 9:22 pm ET by BellaGabriella

    1. rekha | | #4

      Don't give up just yet. If you are using a serger it should be a breeze because you tug the fabric just a little and the corner doesn't feel like a corner till you have finished

      1. BellaGabriella | | #7

        No serger, regular sewing machine.

        Tatsy - is it possible to get wider than that tiny rolled hem? I thought if I could make it wider it would be easier but it seems to want to make it about 1/8". Not much room for error when practicing...

        Nancy

        1. Tatsy | | #8

          The size of the hem is the size of the foot. If you want a larger hem, you use a larger foot. The small size is not that hard to use once you get used to it. One thing I forgot to mention is that you feed the hem into the foot and set the needle into the roll by hand before you start sewing. You can either sew off the end of the hem at the corner or stop, lift, refeed the hem, and begin again. With a little practice, you can make the extra fabric at the end disappear.  It's actually fun and an easy way to make napkins, tablecloths, etc.

           

    2. BernaWeaves | | #5

      To be honest, if you look at storebought bandanas, the corners aren't very well done, either. 

      Berna

       

  4. Tatsy | | #6

    The secret to this is to cut a triangle off each corner before you begin sewing, which eliminates that nasty bump that won't go through the foot. The triangle you cut off should be approximately equal to the finished rolled hem. Plan to practice on a few odd pieces before you work on your bandana. The last corner is often the most trying.

  5. Teaf5 | | #9

    Tatsy's trimming technique is key; once you've done that, you can just run the hemmer off the end of each corner, and they will tuck under fairly well. 

    However, instead of trying to go to one end, turn, and continue on the next, as you would on a larger mitered corner, run off the fabric at the end of the first side, pull the threads out a bit, then pull the threads through the hemmer foot to start the next side. 

    Pulling the the threads through the foot first gets the first end of the fabric feeding through properly, and running off the end secures the corners.

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