Rolled Hem Disaster

I give up!

Even though David Coffin is singing the praises of the hemming foot – I have not really mastered the technique up to now. My first trial was a complete disaster.

I was a good girl and made several yards of trial seams on a piece of cotton. The result was acceptable so I ventured on to the real garment.

What I hadn’t considered: the blouse I wanted to hem is cut on the bias and my trial fabric was – of course – cut on the straight grain. I never would have guessed that the grainline made such a difference with the hemming foot. The cut edge was constantly sliding out of the foot, I got puckers, crumples and whatnots.

This is how it looked with the hemming foot:

No good! I cut off the hem and made a new one the traditional way: fold – iron – fold again – iron again and finally edgestitch the hem.

According to Coffin hems look “homemade” and unprofessional when not made with the hemming foot. I opt to disagree. In my opinion the above hem looks professional enough.

Conclusion: I am not giving up completely on the hemming foot, it will get a second chance on a shirt that is cut on the straight grain, but I think it is not absolutely necessary to use it to produce good looking narrow hems.


4 Responses to “Rolled Hem Disaster”

  1. Sue Says:

    I agree! I think your turned and pressed hem looks lovely.

  2. Barbara Says:

    OK I am going to post a tutorial on this foot. I am usually erratic at these things but this is about the only specialty attachment I can use, because someone gave me some tips. I agree without the hints it is a disaster – your results were exactly what I got for about 25 years. More later,

  3. Louella Says:

    Your “traditional” hem looks very neat and professional!

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