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    Question rolled hem

    Any tips on doing a rolled hem straight, without using a rolled hem presser foot? I know the basic idea, but any tips on staying straight and rolling it straight would be appreciated. Thanks
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    I know it's not popular, but I recommend ironing the hem first.

    Make sure your iron's not too hot. Iron the first fold all the way around and then iron the second fold. The hem will stay nice and flat for you as you 'struggle' with your sewing machine. You'll have one less thing to worry about! And there won't be any extra pin holes. This method has worked well for me. I can see what I'm going to get before I 'commit' with stitches!

    Best of luck to you and post some pictures when your DIY project is finished!
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    Stright seams and hems start long before the sewing begins. The start of nice straight seams and hems is in the cutting of the fabric. The better and smoother it is cut the easier it will be to get a nice smooth finished hem or seam.
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    Finskie, I've recently sewn rolled hems on my new hammock and ironed them as Pips suggested. I had also remembered someone here on the forum had used paper clips to hold the hem until it was stitched. This worked great and no pin pricks or pins on the floor to step on.
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    I second Pips, I like to iron (which can be a challenge in itself in some areas.)
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    And of course, the ever popular "practice", helps considerably.

    I started out measuring and marking both folds and then pinning with paper clips or pins. I tend to just "freehand" roll hems now and only use one pin to start.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmcttr View Post
    And of course, the ever popular "practice", helps considerably.

    I started out measuring and marking both folds and then pinning with paper clips or pins. I tend to just "freehand" roll hems now and only use one pin to start.
    Same here! Just get some scraps and put the time in. It will come to you.
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    Fold and iron works great. You may also be able to crease you material with a credit card. Small pieces of masking tape help hold things in place too...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve D View Post
    Small pieces of masking tape help hold things in place too...
    Be careful of this one. Masking tape can be highly sticky and gum up the needle and the innards of the machine. I'm not a big fan of using adhesives not specifically intended for stitching. Not saying it won't work. Just not the best strategy IMO.
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