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Felled rolled hem that lies flat

Summer dresses often have wide skirts, so the hems are curved. Yet they also often have rolled hems that don’t roll nicely on curves, they get all wrinkled up.

I found that a two-step hem works better and lies flat, and I’m using the felling foot again to make it.

See my previous post on tips about the felling foot.

So, to make a flat rolled hem on any odd curve, follow these steps:

Step 1. Attach the felling foot and set the machine to zig-zag 3mm wide with stitch length also 3mm. Your zig-zag needs to be rather spaced out to prevent a wavy edge. Stitch the hem.

Step 2. Switch to your regular straight stitch foot and set the machine to straight stitch. Stitch the hem again.

You will find that now it is very easy to flip the hem evenly without any special attachments because the first layer has been stitched. And no wrinkles in sight! πŸ˜ƒ

11 thoughts on “Felled rolled hem that lies flat

  1. Hmm, I have trousers that I need to take up – that might just work as they are a bit flared. A job put off because they never seem to go right in the past. Also considering making a circle skirt. I have only a couple of skirts for going out, I’m always in trousers! Except this year I cut legs off my holiest of holey trousers to make shorts – only for working outside, never for going out in – ewww, not a pretty sight! Holey shorts! LOL!
    Cheers, always inspiring news Elena. πŸ˜€


    1. This technique should work on a circle skirt! I always hate to see those wrinkled hems but the usual way to avoid them is to flip-iron-flip-iron-baste solution which is way too much fuss for my liking! πŸ˜†


      1. Oh yes, very painstaking fiddly nonsense! I like your idea better! I’ll pass this on to the crazy chicken friends who have been making dresses like no tomorrow! Some are novices and making stashes – it is a downwards spiral from there! LOL!
        Cheers xxx


  2. Two excellent posts, thank you. Too bad that Janome don’t make a felling foot for my machine.


    1. Yes, this is unfortunately often the case that a “native” felling foot is not available. Perhaps you can use a standard clip-on foot with the appropriate adapter?


  3. It makes sense because it is as if in the second pass you were “ironing” it with the straight stitching, a very comfortable way to do it!! Thanks to show it to us Elena! And what about you? How are you? Here we are still in winter season, but a couple of days ago looked as it was summer, a bit strange. I checked what clothes I had, and I found a … I don’t know exactly the word, but it was like … a “high school jacket”? Well, the point is that this cloth had an embroidery that I wanted to change, Didn’t know how to modify it to make it look nicer, and I thought that cutting it woudn’t make it look any better, so, at the end I put a simple “iron on patch” (I don’t know if this is the correct term) over it. I felt that the solution was very close… what would you have done?


    1. by the way, sorry for my English, I hope my message could be understood πŸ™‚ If you see something wrong, you can tell me so I can learn to fix any fixable mistake or simply learn how to make it better next time ^-^. Have a nice week!!


    2. An iron-on patch is a good solution, I think! You can’t really unpick embroidery – you would end up with damaged cloth anyway, so covering it up is the way to go! πŸ˜ƒ Here it’s summer and we’re having a heat wave of 30C. We are not used to that! So everyone is panting and complaining. πŸ˜† Yet they don’t complain when they go to hot countries on holidays! They only complain when it’s hot at home! πŸ˜‚ People are weird. 😁

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      1. Thank you for your response!! You have made me laugh with the complaing thing!! haha ! I see you have written new posts in your site, so I will read them right away πŸ™‚


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