Friday, April 3, 2009

Foot Hemmer - Tips and Hints

The Foot Hemmer - Several Tips and Hints

Another method of starting the hemmer – fold twice, about 1/8” each time for about 2 inches and finger crease.

Place the end of your hemmer on the edge of your fabric. The material is all beneath the hemmer, nothing is in the scroll. Take about 2 stitches. Raise your needle out of material and raise your presser foot.

With one hand holding the back threads tightly, and the other hand holding the fabric in front of the hemmer tightly wiggle it front to back and the material will begin to move into place and inside the scroll. Move it back just a couple more times until you “feel” the hemmer lock into the stitches you just made. It will feel like you are stuck and cannot move it forward any more. Perfect.

Lower your presser foot and begin sewing. As you sew, you must continue to pull the back of the fabric behind the needle with one hand. With your other hand, you are keeping the front taunt as it moves into the scroll.

I keep my hand directly in front of the hemmer foot, and pull a little upward and a touch to the left. Continuously watch your needle take the stitches (keep looking in the needle hole). The hemmer foot stitches very close to the edge.

If you see it begin to NOT catch the edge then STOP. Don’t pull your fabric from the machine.

Raise your needle out of the fabric and raise your presser foot. Pull the fabric back and forth, once again getting it locked into the scoll hem. Continue sewing. This is always much better than starting over and ripping out seams.

Getting it “locked” into the hem helps quite a bit to keep the hem straight.

When I have a seam, I finger press my hem folds at the seam and pin it. As I come close to it, I pull the pin out and begin pulling just a little harder on the fabric behind the needle. This helps that bulk enter the scroll and continue on. Once I have the seam through, I always stop and make sure my scroll and material are as they should be. If not, reposition them.

Hope this helps a little bit more!

Happy Sewing & Quilting!


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