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From: Kew
Date: 05-12-2006, 04:02 PM (1 of 6)
I'm having trouble serging rolled hem. I have a singer Frontier. I have read the manual and did the adjusting on it but it just isn't right. I want a very fine rolled hem. Any help would be great.
User: Kew
Member since: 10-19-2000
Total posts: 58
From: Kylnne2
Date: 05-12-2006, 06:50 PM (2 of 6)
Buttons, I have heard of a Simplicity Frontier but I didn't realize that Singer had a Frontier model also. Did you mean you had a Simplicity 390?
It depends what you have your sergers settings on. Does your serger has a rolled hem plate that needs to be put on instead of the needle plate for wider serging? If so, do that first. For the most narrow width you will use only the right needle and you will need to remove the left needle. For the Simplicity model..Use short stitch length..1-2. Adjust width according to your machines directions..because you now have the narrow stitch finger on your machine if you did a plate change. If no plate change was needed you can adjust the stitch finger automatically as directed by your manual. For a tight rolled hem..your lower looper tension can be adjusted to the max if needed. Adjust tensions as needed.. For Rt needle tension start at around 1.5-3.5, Upper looper tension 2.0-4.0, lower looper 4.0-7.0.
I don't know if this helps but I hope it does. I have a serger with automatic tensions that I don't need to dial but I am familiar with the more basic models too..just not familiar with all the brands settings. KY
User: Kylnne2
Member since: 07-10-2004
Total posts: 629
From: Kew
Date: 05-12-2006, 09:52 PM (3 of 6)
Thank you so much kylnne2. Yes you're right, I do have the simplicity Fronteir. I have the rolled hem plate in and the right needle.I had it working one time for a nice rolled hem and then something went wrong and I had to take it in to get fixed and now I always have trouble with it. I really needed advice on this as I sat and followed the book but it just wasn't working good. Thank you so much for your advice and I'm glad you have one that has the automatic settings on it. You're lucky. thanks again and I will definately try these settings you gave me.
User: Kew
Member since: 10-19-2000
Total posts: 58
From: JoaniesJosh
Date: 06-08-2006, 07:23 PM (4 of 6)
I have a Bernette 334D, which I purchased in 1988 and it still runs beautifully. The only thing I don't have with this machine is the cover stitch. I recently made my own wire-edged ribbon for a wreath for the front door, and after a few samples, it came out beautifully. BUT, when I purchased this machine, the store gave me free lessons, and the store owner gave me the perfect settings for my machine for a rolled edge, which I wrote inside the booklet right where it shows a rolled edge. She set up my machine and played with it to get the perfect settings for this particular machine. Once you get the basic settings for a rolled edge, you can easily vary the upper looper stitch. At first, my edge for this particular ribbon was too close, and after changing to a looser thickness, the ribbon came out much better.

Joanie
P.S. My login name, JoaniesJosh, is one I picked for a Josh Groban/Tanglewood website. And since I belong to one YahooGroup, I guess this is the name I'll have for any other Groups I join. I hope you all know who Josh Groban is!!!!
User: JoaniesJosh
Member since: 05-15-2006
Total posts: 17
From: Kylnne2
Date: 06-09-2006, 04:15 AM (5 of 6)
Joanie, yep I know who Josh Groban is. One of my grandsons is Josh..he is cute too.
User: Kylnne2
Member since: 07-10-2004
Total posts: 629
From: JoaniesJosh
Date: 06-11-2006, 02:16 PM (6 of 6)
For what it's worth:

I made a shower curtain and matching window curtains. The shower curtain is floral (white, blue, pink and shades of each), and the window curtain is white batiste with bands of the floral sewed on 3 from the bottom. I cut the bands 2 wide and serged with a rolled hem in a pink that matched the brightest pink in the floral. It looks great because the rolled hem is great and the bright pink looks great. And then I stitch the band onto the curtain just underneath the rolled him (top of bottom of band). I have finished this yet, but I want to use a piece of the band to tie around a basket of flowers. Ive even made window curtains with a valance that just had the rolled hem, and they came out great.

When I was making the wire-edged ribbon, I used the above settings but it looked too thick. Since I was only trying to add the wire and not really needing to have a edge (the ribbon already had a beautiful finished edge as all purchased ribbons do), I found that increasing the length a little made a big difference by not making it look too heavy. The hardest thing was trying to match up the treads since the ribbon had a light pink on one edge and a darker pink on the other. And I found that wire for this project was better than fishing line because you could bend and shape the wire better than fishing line. The fishing line would be better if you were working with dressy clothing, for hems and fluffy cap sleeves.



Hope this helps.



Joanie
User: JoaniesJosh
Member since: 05-15-2006
Total posts: 17
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