I love my sewing machine. I use her almost weekly. But to be totally honest, I don’t use her to her full potential – she’s got lots of parts and functions that could probably help me take my craft to the next level, but I’ve never taken the time to learn about them. An excellent example would be this interesting looking foot here.
A rolled hem foot does exactly what it sounds like it does; it rolls the hem as it’s being stitched so you don’t have to fiddle with it. In theory it’s a great function, but it seems like this is one of those tools you either love or hate. I have a drawer full of cotton scraps that I’ve slowly been chipping away at, so I figured I’d try out the rolled hem foot and make myself some handkerchiefs. I played around with some scraps first and decided I liked the look of this decorative stitch. And how did I like using this foot? Well, when it comes to stitching straight lines this thing is amazing.
Corners were a bit trickier. I watched a couple videos about it, and I understand in theory how to make that 90º turn, but I just couldn’t seem to put it into practice.
After that first disaster I decided to give up. Well, not totally, but I did take the easy way out. I curved the corners and, while still not perfect, they were much easier.
I ended up with five handkerchiefs. They aren’t what I was picturing, and I did consider picking out the stitches and trying again. But then I realized that they’re handkerchiefs – nothing more than glorified snot receptacles! They’ll serve their purpose and I got to finally try out the rolled hem foot.
I do like this foot, and I think it’s going to be great for hemming clothing, but corners (on napkins or scarves or the like) are going to take a lot more practice.