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    hem foot technique

    I have hem foot attachments of varying widths in the parts that came with my old Universal sewing machine (clone of Singer Model 15, I think)

    I have played with said attachments, with no success.

    Can the Rev, or other of you sewing mavens, give me some guide lines and tips?

    I'm kind of thinking if you combined justJeffs no pins technique with the hem foot It might work. (i.e. hold fabric infront and behind of the foot as feeding through)

    Any and all advice gratefully accepted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grinder View Post
    I have played with said attachments, with no success.

    Can the Rev ... give me some guide lines and tips?
    Nope! hehehe

    I can't get them to work either. So you are not alone.

    It is as much a feel as anything else. With practice I can roll a hem as fast by hand as I've seen people use the hemmer. Don't sweat the small stuff. But keep trying to get them to work if you want. Some people love them.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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    good morning, Rev.
    I just found another thread linking to a PDF How To which I'm downloading now.
    http://www.sewingmachinesplus.com/me...techniques.pdf

    We'll see.

    I got a Florida Hang in less then two weeks, so I'm all Aholes and elbows, making a down underquilt (my mostambitious project to date and I'm scared to death) and want to knock out a single layer hammock (of some walmart camo I bought years ago, before the fabric department went away.) The hem foot would greatly speed up the hammock if it were near automatic.

    "Search forum first, ask question second" should be my new motto.

    Ho Ho ,Gotta go
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    since they mention it works better on light fabrics, this should be good with nylon, once you correct for the 'slip/slide' factor; just practice on the scraps you got from squaring up the edges of your fabric..KM (who has plenty o' scraps, you betcha..)

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    I've had better luck with a hemmer foot on natural fibers. The nylon seems to be too slippery for my foot to fold it properly. The other thing that is probably extremely important is a good clean even cut edge. Any dips or tabs on the fabric edge will throw off the fabtic track as it goes through.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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    They can work but it takes a lot of practice. Nylon is probably the most difficult to make work in a hemmer foot or attachment. Sil nylon is a BEAST. I don't use them on sil at all.

    The problem I have with hemmer feet (as opposed to an attachment) is starting it, especially with nylon. I usually start it as well as I can and once it gets going, I can control how much fabric I am feeding into the foot.

    Here is a video of 1/2" roll hemmer on nylon taffeta. I was shooting the video with my phone with one hand and trying to sew with the other. What is missing in the video is how "engaged" your left hand ist as well keeping the fabric in the right place and feeding it along/keeping pace with what is being stitched.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31EOwtBukGY

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    I agree with the rev. I tried using a hemmer foot and it was more frustrating than rolling my own. It really isn't that tough once you get the hang of it. Of course mine don't look perfect but I don't worry about that.
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    nacra533 - That worked pretty well, especially considering you were doing it one handed. Problem with these feet is you can usually by a single narrow hem foot (5-7mm) but if you want a wider hem then all I ever see is a $50 kit from Distinctive that has several feet. All I want is just one but not the narrow one.
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    Just realized that there are two threads going on this subject.
    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ad.php?t=27014

    From the other thread:
    Here's an instruction video on using a rolled hem foot.

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    So, in addition to hemming edges could a larger rolled hem foot be used to create a channel in the fabric through which you can run shock cord?
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