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    Rolled hem presser foot..which?

    Tried to pickup a rolled hem presser foot for a Kenmore thread injector at JoAnne's.

    No go.

    So now I'm just going to order from Amazon.

    Any one Better than another?

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    Hey Ratdog, have you tried Cutex? http://www.cutexsewingsupplies.com/servlet/StoreFront
    Or Ebay. Theres a ton of stuff on ebay for sale by thread injector parts and supply houses.

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    Nope, but I will now.

    I am absolutely clueless and just getting started with the DIY hammocks.
    A few knotty mods to some tablecloths, some single and double layer scratch built ripstop jobs. Working my way up to footbox w/ netting and an underquilt.
    Last edited by Ratdog; 06-02-2013 at 19:45.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ratdog View Post
    Nope, but I will now.

    I am absolutely clueless and just getting started with the DIY hammocks.
    A few knotty mods to some tablecloths, some single and double layer scratch built ripstop jobs. Working my way upmto footbox w/ netting and an underquilt.
    Yip! I know exactly what you mean. Bet I threw a dumpster full of stuff away until I figured out to, 1st, make one out of cheap walmart bargain shelf material and work the bugs out with that. I even made a couple out of bed sheets. They're all gone to the incinerator now, but at $1.50 a yard, whats it matter.
    It's the little things that get you, like they used to tell us in the army.
    Like that, oops! That's going to look funny. Or, oops! I didn't know I was going to have to fold it over that. Or, oops! How come that came out 3 inches shorter than I thought.
    Not so bad when your only into it for $6 and some sweat.

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    IMO a rolled hem foot and a novice stitcher is a mismatch made in Hell. I've never been able to get a rolled hem foot to work for me and I am not a novice. Other folks have had luck with them, but if memory serves they had a lot of time in front of the presser foot. Here's the problem, from my way of thinking. Until you have worked out the kinks of the a sewing machine on normal projects it is tough to throw in another variable that has its own foibles.

    I don't use rolled hem feet and neither does my professional quality wife. But that's not to say you shouldn't. Just be prepared for additional frustration while trying to learn the ropes on two respective fronts.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

    "Bless you child, when you set out to thread a needle don't hold the thread still and fetch the needle up to it; hold the needle still and poke the thread at it; that's the way a woman most always does, but a man always does t'other way."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramblinrev View Post
    IMO a rolled hem foot and a novice stitcher is a mismatch made in Hell. I've never been able to get a rolled hem foot to work for me and I am not a novice. Other folks have had luck with them, but if memory serves they had a lot of time in front of the presser foot. Here's the problem, from my way of thinking. Until you have worked out the kinks of the a sewing machine on normal projects it is tough to throw in another variable that has its own foibles.

    I don't use rolled hem feet and neither does my professional quality wife. But that's not to say you shouldn't. Just be prepared for additional frustration while trying to learn the ropes on two respective fronts.
    +++1 on that. Listen to the Rev. :-)

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    Great info, thanks gang.

    Yeah, I don't mind saying it's a little intimidating but I've gone down the rabbit hole and there's no turning back.

    I am getting some help from my sister who was some fancy thread injector and her husband who makes his own gear. I am planning on taking it slow, start with some tablecloth mods and the some ripstop. I can tell just by handling the ripstop that it is going to be fiddly.

    Do folks bother cutting the ripstop with a hot knife?

    My current workload is;
    A dozen tablecloth hammocks with knotty mods and maybe a better end channel for whipping.
    3 double layer and 1 single layer ripstop hammocks, footboxed and channel for ball whipping

    Phase 2 will be 1 double layer with footbox and netting

    Then underquilts and finally tarps.

    Various stuff sacks and bishop bags along the way.

    The list seems like a lot when I write it out like that but I am just going one weekend at a time. This weekend was working out a couple different folding methods for whipping a couple tablecloths.

    The kids seemed happy.

    Again, appreciate the feedback.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ratdog View Post
    Great info, thanks gang.

    Yeah, I don't mind saying it's a little intimidating but I've gone down the rabbit hole and there's no turning back.

    I am getting some help from my sister who was some fancy thread injector and her husband who makes his own gear. I am planning on taking it slow, start with some tablecloth mods and the some ripstop. I can tell just by handling the ripstop that it is going to be fiddly.

    Do folks bother cutting the ripstop with a hot knife?

    My current workload is;
    A dozen tablecloth hammocks with knotty mods and maybe a better end channel for whipping.
    3 double layer and 1 single layer ripstop hammocks, footboxed and channel for ball whipping

    Phase 2 will be 1 double layer with footbox and netting

    Then underquilts and finally tarps.

    Various stuff sacks and bishop bags along the way.

    The list seems like a lot when I write it out like that but I am just going one weekend at a time. This weekend was working out a couple different folding methods for whipping a couple tablecloths.

    The kids seemed happy.

    Again, appreciate the feedback.
    And that green is a nice color too. Now you have me thinking about making a new one. Just what I need...

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    I used my rolled-hem foot for the first time this weekend. Very nice when it works, but a PIA to keep on track. I recommend lots of practice with it before putting expensive fabric under it.
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    I used the zipper foot my machine came with. It worked pretty well.

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