I have been doing several narrow hems in the past weekend. I do not use a narrow hemmer foot. We just don't get along very well.:-(
I tried to explain how I do a narrow hem to Angie over the phone, who was working on my "Little Heart of Mine" dress from SB.
A picture is worth a thousand words so here it goes......
- I first stitch a basting stitch about 1/4" from the raw edge. I am using a contrasting thread for photographic reasons....Honest. :-)
- I then fold the fabric on the stitching line and press.
Next, I thread my sewing machine with water soluble thread. I love this stuff but if you lick the end of your thread like I do before you thread your needle, it doesn't work.
- With the water soluble thread I am stitching very close to the fold line (about 1/16").
- The next step is very important! Remove the water soluble thread from your machine and put it away. You don't want to accidentally use it to make a bathing suit or something.
- With applique scissors, trim the excess fabric as close as you can to the stitching line without cutting through the stitching line.
- Rethread your machine with matching thread. (Remember I am using a contrasting thread.) If you have an edge foot for your sewing machine go ahead and put it on.
- I then turn the edge of the hem up and stitch on top of the water soluble thread stitching line.
- When I press the finished hem with a steam iron, the water soluble thread will disappear. Or I can spritz it with a little bit of water and press.
- And I am done!