Saturday, June 26, 2010

I Must Commend My Foot...

I've discovered a sewing machine foot attachment that can greatly improve your sewing techniques, whether you're a beginner or an advanced seamstress.. or seamster - guys can sew too if they care to :•)

Creative Sewing Solutions has a small variety of useful sewing machine foot attachments, carried by Hancock Fabric stores, including the 1/8" hemmer foot I discovered to be a definite must-have. It's about $15 and they come in slant and short shanks, to which I learned that most newer machines use the short shank, like this one:

The curled end of the foot automatically rolls the under edge of your fabric perfectly! I can't tell you how excited I was to find this foot. It makes hemming SO much easier and less frustrating.

Here's how it works:

Loosen the screw holding your regular foot in place on the shaft, and pull off the regular foot.
Slide the hemmer foot under the shaft. Secure with the screw and slide the threads toward the back.

Roll under a small portion of your fabric 1/8" (roll it up once, and then a second time, to encase the fringey edge inside the roll) and stick that under the foot:

Sew a few stitches, and slide the fabric slowly toward the front, curled part of the foot, keeping the fabric rolled over as it feeds through the curl.

Perfect little hem! Perfect... and fast!

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