This month's sewing challenge is kicking my butt! The rolled hem foot I chose to work with is a tricky little thing that I can't seem to get a handle on. Plus, my photography skills...well please accept my usual apologies. I think I'm loosing my blogging mojo! Not that I had much to brag about in the first place!
Anyway, March's sewing challenge is to try a new sewing machine foot. I choose the rolled hem foot. I took it out once many years ago and it was a disaster. So I decided to do a bit more research and really try to master the foot. I started out practicing on a thin cotton print. You may recognize it, I used it to make my maxi dress.
After stitching about 5 inches, I was really getting the hang on it.
I stitched the length of the scrap of fabric and proclaimed myself a master!
What went wrong so many years ago when I first used this lovely foot?
So, enter the scarf fabric. I bought this Red Tag (clearance sale) fabric at JoAnn's a couple weeks ago with making a scarf in mind. At $3 a yard and me only buying 18 inches, it was a bargain!
The fabric itself is red and green paisley on a navy blue background with thin stripes of gold metallic thread. You can see it draped over my sewing machine below and notice how sheer it is.
Once I squared up the fabric (not an easy task with this thin fabric) I pressed a 3/8 inch hem along the edges. Then, using my trusty rolled hem foot, I started stitching. The results were less than stellar. Only about 20% of the hem was a perfect double fold. The rest was only a single fold. Maybe you can see in the photo below how the second fold didn't catch.
I considered trimming off the offending hem and trying again, but in the end just decided to live with it. I got out my lighter and singed the fraying edges that didn't get folded into the hem. I don't know how it will hold up in the long run, but for now I'm not too worried about the hem coming undone and the fabric unraveling all over the place. Here's a look at the length of the scarf. You can also see how I rounded the corner on the end:
I had both my kids take a crack at photographing me wearing the scarf. While I'm sure they did their best, the results were pretty blurry. Here's the well-edited best of the bunch:
In conclusion, I believe that my rolled hem foot has limitations when it comes to fine, sheer fabrics. I have some thin jersey that would make a great scarf as well....but I'm not sure if I'll try to hem it or just leave the raw edges. Hmmmm, decision, decisions!
What is your experience with rolled hem feet? Any tips on working with sheer fabrics?
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Happy crafting and big hugs from Montana,
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