Hems · Jersey

Hemming jersey

How do you hem your fine jersey? Why, with a twin needle on a sewing machine or a coverlock machine, of course - I hear you say. This is indeed a common technique and is essentially the same - and it requires you to fold your fabric beneath the surface and to stitch exactly on… Continue reading Hemming jersey

Feet · Hems

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… Continue reading Felled rolled hem that lies flat

Hems · Zig-zag stitch

The best stitch for blind hem

...is plain zig-zag. Why? Because it resembles manual blind hem most closely, and manual blind hem is, of course, the golden standard. Domestic sewing machines have come up with a variety of special blind hem stitches, from a wiggling attachment for straight stitch only machines, to fixed or programmable combinations of straight stitching or narrow… Continue reading The best stitch for blind hem

Fancy Stitches · Hems

What to do with fancy stitches?

Your machine has loads of them but all you use is straight stitch and occasional zig-zag... Sounds familiar? 😉 Obviously, fancy stitches are there for fancy work. Or are they? What is the difference between utility stitches and decorative stitches? Well, utility stitches are there to help with boring work like sewing a blind hem,… Continue reading What to do with fancy stitches?