We’re at the end of the Amaryllis Dress sewalong – and today we’re tackling how to sew a rolled hem. The hemming method in the pattern is basted and turned, and the final step lends itself well to a machine blind hem, if you prefer the stitches be less visible. But if you want to hem faster, you might be more interested in a rolled hem.
I’ve used contrasting thread on these samples so you can see the stitching, but if you do this on your real dress, you’d want to use matching thread.
The first method uses a regular sewing machine and a regular foot. Set your machine to the widest zig-zag it will do, and a very short stitch length.
Press your edge 1/8″ to the wrong side all around. Hand crank the flywheel on the machine until the needle is down in the far right position. Place the folded edge of the fabric agains the needle and lower the foot.
Stitch over the edge, with one side of the zig-zag landing over the edge. This will wrap the edge of the fabric in thread and create a rolled hem, which looks like this.
Alternately, if you have a hemming foot, set your machine with the same type of zig-zag, but skip the pressing. Instead just feed the fabric through the foot and let it do the rolling for you as you stitch.
This results in a slightly tighter roll than I was able to do without the foot.
For the tightest and fastest hem though, nothing beats the rolled hem a serger can achieve. For this one I followed the instructions in my manual for my Brother 1034D.
For comparison, here are the 3 hems side by side.
So pick your hemming poison, and hem that dress because once you do, you’re done! And that means a special girly will get to twirl around in her new Amaryllis Dress.
If you sewed along this week, make sure to post pictures of your finished dress in our Facebook group.