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    Sewing a Nylon Hem

    I just finished my first hammock, a simple gathered end. It looks pretty rough, I even have some hems turned one way and others turned the other for variety. The hems run anywhere from 5/8 to 1 1/4 inches wide. Which brings up a question. What is the best way to sew a slippery nylon hem? I finally just sewed down the first fold, then made the next fold and sewed it. I did some practice on ordinary fabric before I started and got to where I could sew a pretty good hem making both folds as I went with the first line of stitching. Not so with nylon.
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    When I started out, I pinned my roll hems. I only pin really small roll hems on things like tq and uq.
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    I have seen plenty of methods mentioned on these forums including using pins, bulldog clips, paper clips, fabric tape, additional hands and probably others that I have forgotten.

    It appears to me that if you have a big enough table for support, and with a little practice, you might not need any of the above. But most of us don't have a big enough table nor have we had the practice.

    I am guessing the Ramblinrev will chime in here at some point. In the mean time, check out his links and videos on sewing. Very informative and backed by years of experience.

    (Just realized I shouldn't have shortened Ramblinrev.)
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    It helps to practice on nylon. It doesn't feel or move like any other fabrics.

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    When I made my hammock I found that it went okay as long as I took my time

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    I usually fold and stitch each time like you ended up doing. But there is no "right" way to do it. It's a case of what works for you.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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    I do the "2-step" like you did - fold it once, sew, fold again, sew again.
    The trick to keeping the hem a consistent width is to sew only a few inches at a time.
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    Buy a rolled hemmer foot. Best $20 I have ever spent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Violent Green View Post
    Buy a rolled hemmer foot. Best $20 I have ever spent.

    Ryan
    People like them when they get them to work. People hate them when they don't. I've never been able to get the things to work but I know others have had great luck with them. Word of warning: make sure it is made to fit the machine you have. If it says something like "universal fit" it is garbage.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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    one way to make it simple and fast is to run a line of stitching along the edge as wide as you want the hem to be. then come back and the fabric will easily fold on this line to make even sized hems. You will fold twice and the line of stitching will be just visible on the inside edge of the hem.

    -Tim

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