Sometimes you want a beautifully executed narrow rolled hem. If you have a curved hemline on a circular skirt, or if you are working with fussy, thin or silky fabrics, a narrow rolled hem will give a beautiful finish and add a little body to the hemline, producing that lovely flip of the hem.
I think a narrow rolled hem gives a couture look to a garment. I learned this super easy method that does not involve one of those pesky, hard-to-use Narrow Rolled Hem Feet.
In fact, all that is needed are three passes of a straight stitch plus one trimming and you end up with a beautifully executed hem. Let’s go: Begin by stitching a straight stitch 1/4″ from the edge. Press the stitches to set them. Then roll up the hem along the stitch line, just barely rolling beyond the stitches so that they are just on the inside of the garment. Press as you go. Grab your Edge Stitch Foot-this is a handy guy that I use a lot. Your machine’s foot may look a little different than mine, but they all have a “blade” that snugs up to the fabric to guide your line of stitching. Stitch again, in the same direction as before, using your Edge Stitch Foot. Bop your needle two positions to the left before you stitch. Snug the foot’s blade up to the fold line and let that line guide you. Press. This is what it will look like from the right side after the second pass. After the second stitching, carefully trim away the fabric right up to the second stitching line. Good scissors are imperative here: not your big ole’ honkin’ dressmaker shears, but your precise, sharp 3-4″ scissors, hopefully with a bit of a rounded end . Now for your third pass: roll the hem up again as you stitch a third time. This will be very easy-you have controlled the fabric with your first 2 passes. Leave the needle in the same position as your second pass and stitch again in the same direction. Press. This is what you will have: a perfect, impressive, precise Narrow Rolled Hem! This works beautifully even on fabrics with a high FAL (Fabric Annoyance Level-my made up term!) like silk charmeuse or something flimsy like chiffon. Try it!