I thought that I'd devote todays post to rolled hems and narrow rolled hems. A rolled hem can be created using a standard sewing machine, but the equipment is a little different, and the end result is a bit more polished. Both types of sewing machines can create quite impressive results.
A rolled hem is created when the right side of the fabric is rolled back toward the wrong side of the fabric, and stitched in place. With an overlock machine, the upper and lower looper threads secure the fabric by looping around the rolled edge. The tension on the lower looper thread is greater than that of the upper, causing the fabric to pull toward the wrong side. Often times you will see different variations of rolled hems on shirts, table linens, cloth napkins, bed linens, and sheer fabrics such as skirts and scarves. There are a number of different applications, but an overlocked rolled hem is particularly useful when finishing off knit and woven fabrics.
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One example of a rolled serged hem is on this Sensei Top by Jodell, of Modest Maven.
For tips on serging a rolled hem, read this article from Sew Inspired.
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When a rolled hem is created on a standard sewing machine, the right side of the fabric is rolled toward the wrong side of the fabric, and a straight stitch secures the roll in place.
For information on creating a narrow rolled hem with a standard machine and presser foot, see this article from Crochet n'crafts. I used this technique when creating my circle skirt.
A standard rolled hem can be done by hand. See this article from Colette Patterns for more information.
This is a great video from Sew Etcetera.
You can procure your own rolled hem presser foot just about anywhere. I found this one on amazon. As I understand it, rolled hem presser feet can are available for different width of hems.
Narrow rolled hems, are often seen on skirts, blouses, and linens.
Now lets all go
roll some hems.