HOW TO USE A SERGER TO HEMMING
How to use a serger to hemming. Have you tried serger hemming? Although it may not be the most obvious choice, a serger can be an excellent choice for hemming, especially when working with difficult fabrics such as stretchy knits, slippery silks and chiffons. A cover hem is a professional “serge” hem that traditionally has two to three rows of parallel stitching on the right side and a loop stitch that covers the raw edge of the fabric on the reverse.
It’s the type of hem commonly found on most ready-to-wear knitwear because it’s flexible enough not to distort the hem. It’s also very fast and clean! We’ve got a quick tutorial to show you how easy it is to make a hem, as well as our thoughts on why a dedicated hem machine might be the best machine to add to your sewing space.
The cover hem edging machine is all about producing professional, high-looking hems. Most people use them on clothing, although there’s no reason why you can’t also use this type of hem on home decor items, especially items with very long hems like tablecloths and curtains. The cover hem is made using a serger with a cover hem loop. One such machine is the Janome 1200D.
HOW TO USE A SERGER TO HEMMING – ADVICE
How to use a serger to hemming. Finishing is thus very important when sewing clothes. These final steps to make your outfit look more professional than homemade are worth the effort and know-how and time to practice how to do it. Many clothes have been ruined by the piping not fitting nicely. Like most things sewing, it’s in the little techniques that your sewing pattern won’t have instructions for.
This hemming tip is just as important as a poorly sewn hem can ruin a garment. Like anything, once you learn how to do something right, it gets a lot easier. When hemming the hem on the bottom of the shirt, the instructions usually say to turn twice, depending on your fabric this may be too bulky. If you have an over locker/serger, then over lock raw edge and turn up once. No volume.
When your hem is wider at the bend than where it will be sewn, it will often be too full to get a nice straight hem. Pin the side seams, center front and center back, then take a pin, insert it under the stitch in the center between each pin and pull it up until the hem fits evenly between each piece. Pin the hem in place and finish by hand or machine depending on the method the pattern calls for.
HOW TO MAKE A HEMMING WITH A SERGER
How to use a serger to hemming. You can use the blind hem technique for over clockers to make the hem with a serger machine. Some machines come with a separate presser foot just for this function, but you can sew the hem on the serger without it.
If you own or have access to a serger, it can greatly assist you in the hemming process. The serger creates a clean serge edge in one step, making it faster than most traditional sergers. Every serger wants to learn a little, but once you get the hang of your machine, you may be looking for excuses to hem your sewing.
- A stitched hem sews two pieces of fabric together with a neat edge that won’t fray (it even trims when sewing), making it great for baby blankets, table cloths or handkerchiefs.
- As a first step in hemming any fabric, use a fizzer – cut off the raw edge of the fabric, then press and hem as usual; a stitched edge means that you only need to make one fold at the hem before sewing, as the stitched seams prevent the fabric from fraying.
- Use the rolled hem setting on your serger to create a neatly curled hem on lightweight fabrics or tablecloths.
- Use your serger’s differential feed setting to create a lettuce-style edge on stretch fabrics. The serger will trim your fabric as you sew, so you don’t have to worry about the raw edge being a bit jagged or wavy.
- Set the serger to toggle stitch (basic hemming) or rolled stitch (lighter fabrics or more polished hemming).
- Sew a few stitches on your serger without loading the fabric into the machine – this will create a chain of stitches to get you started.
- Feed the fabric into the serger so that the edge is neatly trimmed with the serger knife.
- Gather one full side down and then pull the fabric out, but continue to stitch an inch or two so you have another chain of stitches at the end.
- Be sure to tuck in those tails! Using a darning needle, weave chains of thread back under the hem stitches and apply a small amount of seam glue to the corners to keep the thread from unraveling.
TOP TRICKS FOR SUCCESSFUL SERGER HEMING
How to use a serger to hemming. An over lock machine makes sewing many of your projects quick and easy. It can hem seam and seam ends and trim excess seams, all at once! Your fashion will get that ready-to-wear look that only a serger can provide! However, to get the best sewing results, it is important to have your machine set up correctly. Below are some top troubleshooting tips to help you sew successfully with a lock machine.
Make sure each thread runs freely through its entire thread path without obstruction. Uneven threading on a serger often results in uneven stitch formation, possible thread breakage, and even needle breakage. Cross-wound spools, such as serger cone threads, are recommended for sewing threads because the thread is drawn from the spool more evenly and consistently than when using conventional sewing thread spools.
Spools of regular sewing thread are not wound crosswise, so they may not always unwind as consistently. They may also have small bumps on the edges that can “catch” the threads while sewing, in which case a spool cap might help. Some decorative threads may have a tendency to “spill” off the spool. They could catch around the base of the thread stand. Use a thread net to help guide the thread flow from the spool. If the coil has a base as such (so it can stand on its own), try placing it on the table behind the machine as well.
Before threading, raise the presser foot lifter to make sure the threads are properly seated in the tension discs. Before threading the machine, you MUST raise the presser foot lifter to open the tension mechanisms to accept the threads. When the presser foot lifter is down, the tension mechanisms are unable to accept the thread and the result will be distorted stitches. It will also be helpful to “thread” the thread back and forth over the tension disc to ensure it snaps into place.
HOW TO USE A SERGER TO ROLL HEMS STEP BY STEP
How to use a serger to hemming. Roll hems are one of the simplest hems on a garment. They can be used on sleeve hems, skirts, pants, jeans, blouses, shirts, you name it and I’ll tell you it can probably have a roll hem. Of course, this is not a shoe that fits every foot. Not every type of garment looks best with rolled hems. But since the skill level is the easiest, you can immediately knock out the roll hem as a kind of substitute for another type of hem.
A serger is not required but recommended. I use a four-thread welder when cutting rough edges and for sewing the hem, because if you turn the edge up, you get a tighter edge. The next best thing would be a zigzag stitch machine. Read on to learn what to do when sewing a hem without a zigzag or serger.
- Serger’s method
Undoubtedly the simplest and most gentle method when sewing a hem. It gives you an inner surface, which is one of the methods used by mass-produced clothing. Make sure you know your serger thread near where you stopped sewing to prevent it from unraveling in the future should you encounter this situation. Here’s the easy part. Take the edge and fold (basically roll) once or twice. If you fold it just once, you will still see serge when you look at the inside of the garment. For thicker fabrics, this would be the best way, as double folding will add unnecessary bulk along the hem.
- Zigzag stitch method
Set your sewing machine to a zigzag stitch with a medium distance or stitch length to hold the edge in place so it doesn’t fray a bit, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be a satin edge (sewing a zigzag or serger stitch so close together that you can’t see the fabric under the stitch. Sew a stay stitch (a stitch you won’t remove later) or a basting stitches (a stitch you can remove later one inch from the edge of the hem. Fold the fabric up so that the edge meets the stitch you made, and then fold the fabric over the created seam so that the raw edge is folded inward.
How to use a serger to hemming. If you own or have access to a serger, it can greatly assist you in the hemming process. The serger creates a clean serge edge in one step, making it faster than most traditional sergers. Most cabinets can be sewn with a rolled edge stitch. The rolled hem stitch is sewn using two or three threads, depending on your model – read the instructions first. Roll hemming is suitable for lightweight fabrics such as voile, organ tine, crepe, etc. Cross stitch, also known as catch stitch, is a hand sewing technique usually used for hemming garments or joining interfacing and other fabrics together.