Friday, February 11, 2011
Day 42 and HemmingWay
Yes, it's a pun. As with knitting, crocheting and any piece of handiwork, learning to use your sewing machine and master all of the techniques that can be accomplished with it take practice before you master them. I am not yet proficient with mine, but every time I use it I know I'm getting a little bit better.
Some types of fabric are a little bit tricky to work with. A weave for example unlike a fleece will ravel and fray at the edges if not kept in check. A simple folded hem might be fine for most fabrics, but for a loose weave it might still fray.
For this plain rectangular fabric scarf, I needed to roll the hem. There are sewing machine feet available which will do it for you, but if you don't have one, then the easiest way to think of this hem is twice folded hem. Fold and iron it as if it were a plain hem. Fold it one more time to trap the first fold on the inside and iron and pin if needed. Sew right on down and you're done!