This store-bought blouse (below) has a narrow hem that could have been sewn with a rolled hem foot. The foot can be really helpful in dealing with delicate fabric that seems to fray like CRAZY. You know, the ones that fray when you barely touch them?
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How to Sew a Rolled Hem
Begin sewing a straight stitch. I usually topstitch with a stitch length of 2.8-3.0. The curl controls the width of the rolled hem so it is even throughout. Stitch along, folding the fabric with your hand and carefully guiding it into the curl.
Sometimes the fabric tries to pop out of the curl. If you are stitching, slowly, you’ll be able to correct this problem. Simple put your needle in the down position and lift your presser foot up. Maneuver the fabric back under the curl. Then, put your presser foot back down and continue stitching.
When you are done, you will have a beautifully stitched rolled hem on your garment! Your raw edges are enclosed in the seam and no pressing is required. Pictured below is the wrong side of the fabric. (This is the back side of the hem.)
This is the front side of your hem, the side everyone will see. How easy is that?! It will hem your projects in a flash! Some rolled hem feet come in different widths. Look around and see what’s available for your machine and have fun!
This post was originally published in 2012. It has now been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.