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From: Dustbunny01
Date: 03-13-2006, 10:23 PM (1 of 5)
I am working on Sleeve Flounces

and it tells me to machine stitch 3/8" from the lower edge of flounce. Press up hem along stitching.
(To form narrow hem, tuck under raw edge to meet stitching. Press. Stitch hem in place.

I have a 2 mm hem foot, but I have never used it.. would it be easier to use them doing it as the instructions?
I have already stitch the 3/8" and I think they are telling me to turn once again half way to the 3/8" stitch line and then turn into the stitch line. but it is so small to turn... but then I have never used a hem foot before.. ( manly because I have never had one, up until I received this new sewing machine) which it came with a hem foot.
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From: bridesmom
Date: 03-14-2006, 01:04 AM (2 of 5)
to machine stitch 3/8" from the lower edge of flounce. Press up hem along stitching.

What this means is you stitch 3/8" from the lower edge. Then this stitching line is where you fold the hem up, so the stitches actually run along the bottom of the hem fold. Then you turn the raw edge in, press, and stitch, making a really narrow hem (3/16"). You could try using a 'rolled hem' foot, but I don't find them very easy to use at all.
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From: paroper
Date: 03-14-2006, 02:51 AM (3 of 5)
They can be hair raising if you are using a rolled hem foot on a curved (bias) piece of fabric.

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From: Dustbunny01
Date: 03-14-2006, 09:31 AM (4 of 5)
Ok I will not try to use the foot...Looks like Its going to be a pinning day LOL thanks
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From: AndreaSews
Date: 03-14-2006, 11:56 AM (5 of 5)
You know, I've never used a specialty foot, but I do a very nice rolled hem. If you have some scrap to test a little you might foind this easier: I just roll the hem (fold once and then a second time, very narrowly) and begin to stitch. Keeping a little bit of tension on the fabric helps to keep the hemm rolling for you. I do about 10 inches at a time, and it goes quickly and smoothly. Now for those bias skirt hems, there's a better way to make that narrow hem: Stabilize the hem first, so that it doesn't stretch out of shape in the process of sewing. I just did this last night. You get a pack of Steam-A-Seam-2, which is double sided, and you stick it to the raw edge. I found I had to press for about a second with the iron over the paper backing, or else the stabilizer popped off when I tried to remove the backing. Then remove the backing and fold the hem up. I did about 10 inches at a time again, b/c I find that easier for me. Now you press with a hot iron to fuse the fold, going all the way around the hem. Then you can go to the machine and fold the second time, with slight tension on the fabric, allowing the feed dogs to do the pulling, and you get a neat, perfect rolled hem, even on a bias.
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