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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

The Joy of Narrow Hemming

I wonder how many of you have ever seen a sewing machine like this one? This was my Mother's 1954 Singer Featherweight. It is the only machine she ever owned, the first one I ever sewed on, and a remarkably easy machine to use. It has it's own black carrying case and sewing table. Inside the case is a little box full of "attachments" that were in common use at that time. There was a ruffler, a tucker, and a narrow hem foot. It is the narrow hem foot that I want to show you today. This neat little foot is the secret to getting those tiny little narrow hems you see in ready made clothing ~ and you can do them too! Check to see if you can get one for your machine.

First, you will press the hem under twice (fold 1/8" under once, then again) for a distance of no more that 1".

Insert the folded fabric under the foot and take two stitches to secure the thread. Bring needle up and lift the foot.

Pull the fabric back and forth to get the raw edges to feed through the little curly-cue that rolls the fabric. Put your presser foot down and begin sewing. It will roll your fabric right through, and all you have to do is keep the fabric feeding evenly.

When you're finished you have a lovely little hem!
I'm making little bags to fill with potpourri. We put these in the orders we send out as our way of saying "Thank You!"

Here is the bag all turned. The right tool makes the job a cinch!

This is lavender potpourri. It's nice to put in your linen closets to deter insects and that stale smell things can aquire.

The finished product! That narrow hem is one of those careful details that give a bit of class to your sewing projects.

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