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Hey Everyone! This is Sarah with Sewing Parts
and we’ve been getting a few requests on sergers videos and doing more of them. So, today we are going to go over how to do
a rolled hem on your serger. The cool thing about a rolled hem is it’s
really quick. It’s really pretty. But, some people are a little hesitant to
do it with chiffon and stuff. So, we’re going to go over how to do it on
medium weight and chiffon. First we are going to work with our medium
weight fabric. Now, before you start doing any serging, there
is just one thing you really need to make sure you’ve paid attention to is the thread. Make sure you have good quality thread because
it is just going to lead to more heartache if you don’t have the good stuff. I’m using Maxi Lock. I love love love Maxi Lock. We do sell it on the website. We have the variegated versions and the Soft
as Yarn nylon versions. They both work really well, but the thread
makes all the difference. Just know that. That the thread makes all the difference. To get our rolled edge started, we’re going
to change our setting. We are only going to use the right needle. We’re going to bring our tension on the right
needle to a 3. Upper looper is going to be an 8 because we
are using wooly nylon thread. The lower looper is also going to be an 8. And you will have to adjust your settings
as you go. It all depends on what fabric you’re using,
what mood your serger is in. They’re very finicky. So, let’s just go ahead and start it. Our blade is down. Our stitch length is at a .5 and our differencial
feed is at a 1. And your width you can adjust to however big
you want yours. Let’s start a thread chain. It’s important to always so a scrap piece
before you touch your good fabric. So, let’s see what happens. You can see this is a very narrow rolled hem. You can see how super easy that was with the
medium weight fabric. That’s why we love these rolled hems so much
because you just put it in and out pops a beautiful finished edge. It’s very, very cool. Now let’s get into the nitty gritty chiffon
and very, very light fabrics. A couple things to know. If you’re going to sew these, sometimes you
can get a strong enough weave so that you don’t need a stabilizer, but I always like
to use a stabilizer when I’m doing this just in case. You don’t want to do all of it and then all
of a sudden, you hem starts falling apart. For instance, you can see with these very
thin fabrics that you can just pull the rolled edge off and it’s just a disaster. Now, there’s a couple ways to do it. YOu can use Water Soluble Stabilizer. You just put it on top and then sew. You can use a little bit of ribbon on top
of this or if you’re in a real quick hurry, you can fold it over like this. This method works really well. Just fold it over as thin as you can go. And start putting it under. It’s just going to stabilize it a bit. And then you can go back later and trim any
of the excess fabric off with curved embroidery scissors. That’s the method I really like the most. It just adds a little of extra stability. Also, make sure you are using the correct
needle. Maybe a microfiber needle or a topstitching
needle. Something meant for fine fabric. Now I can go back later and trim this off. But here it is nice and strong. If I do this, it’s not coming off. And that’s the important part. And I don’t have to worry about any ribbon
poking through or anything like that. So, that is my favorite method, but there
are a few more I’ll show you how to do as well. Another method for serging the really thin
fabric is using tissue paper. Ideally, you would use a tissue paper that
is the same color as your fabric. All we do is put the tissue paper down first. I’m going to get it underneathe the foot and
then I’m going to slide the fabric over top of it. And then here we go. And the tissue paper just tears right out. It’s very easy. It comes right out and you have a nice strong
hem. Another method you can do if you don’t have
any tissue paper around is plastic wrap. Remember, you can also use regular stabilizers,
like you buy by the yard, or water soluble stabilizer. This is just something a little bit different. It just comes right out. You can pull it out just like that. And there you go. Hem is good and ready to go. Now, in my opinion, some of the hardest fabric
to serger and do a rolled hem on specifically are these costumy, decorative…they’re kind
of made of a bunch of tinsel thread. I don’t really know how to describe it. But you see how shiny it is and edges just
fall right apart. To do a rolled hem on here, you need two layers
of stabilizer. And you can also use the 2-layer method on
any other fabric that’s really giving you a hard time. Put one layer on the top,on the bottom and
put it a little bit forward because you want that to catch before this. You want to protect this hem in a nice little
stabilizer shell. Put this one on top and in front again. Now, I have white stabilizer, but there is
black stabilizer you can buy so it’s not such a contrast. But, this is just for show. I made my hem a little bit wider. Here we go. Now, the stabilizer is ending and I’m just
going to show you how crazy it is without the stabilizer. You see that? How nicely that stays on there? Any other method, even the folding over method,
doesn’t work. It just tears right off unless you incase
it in stabilizer. You’ll just go a head and grab you – and they
make tear away stabilizer, but this is just regular – get your curved embroidery scissors
and trim right up against there. And you won’t even be able to see it. The wooly nylon really fills in those empty
spaces. So, i just went ahead and trimmed off the
stabilizer you could see and now I have this really great, strong rolled hem on this, just,
crazy hard fabric. You can see back here without the stabilizer. With the stabilizer. So, the big key to doing a rolled hem is all
about the stabilizer, either sandwiching the fabric imbetween or just putting it on top
or bottom. If you are having any trouble with a rolled
hem, throw in some kind of stabilizer. Whether it be ribbon, plastic wrap, water
soluble, anything like that. Put in something to give it more stability. I hope you are more confident doing a rolled
hem or your serger. If you have any comments or questions, feel
free to leave it in the section below. If you need to buy any serger needles or serger
thread visit us on Sewing Parts, on googleplus, or facebook at

James Carver

100 Replies to “How To Serge A Rolled Hem”

  1. What size needles are recommended for rolled hem ? I see that you didn't use right needle, is that how the rolled hem stitch is obtained ? 

  2. when I use the tissue paper as stabilizer though easy to tear away, afterwards I still have left over of the paper in between the seams and is almost imposible to remove

  3. Great video, some awesome tips that I didn't know.  Just shortened a formal dress, was so much easier with your stabilizing method.  I used the plastic wrap since it's a black dress, however I did find that the plastic wrap would cling to the underside of the foot and the fabric would bunch up while the plastic stayed put.  I overcame this by using an anti-static powder thingy I have that reduces static on cardstock when I'm heat embossing.  Worked like a charm!

  4. My serger blade …i can not get it to return to up so as to cut. I have a Janome 644d myLock .  any suggestions on how to get it to lift up. it pushes in as it is to do before you turn it up. but maybe there is some step i don t know to do.  thanks..

  5. Would you use nylon or polyester thread for georgette/chiffon? I am making a ballet skirt and want to make a rolled hem. New to serging.

  6. Hi!! thanks for all your tips, I was wondering why my serger is sewing fine and at a point it will picker a bit why is it not consistent. thanks!

  7. you have helped me out so much on your videos and I thank you for that!! 
    I can't seem to get the chiffon fabric hemmed correctly but just cotton material with this settings.  What needle are you using for the sheer/chiffon material?  I have the 'Singer Finishing Touch' Serger as well.  Thank you again for all your help.

  8. I am in neeeeeed of a tutorial settings for serging (I have the Singer Finishing Touch) a hem on lace and especially for the bottom.  I'm trying to hem a lace peplum top to go over a dress and sewing isn't as sturdy (imo).  I can't find a tutorial or even just a google search of the settings.  Please help!  Thank you and I love your videos they have been so very helpful.

  9. Thanks for the tutorial! Do you know if this would work on stretchy fabrics? What I'm really having trouble with is song stretchy fabrics.

  10. Hi!  I love your videos!  I am making a wedding veil for my daughter using fine netting.  I would like to do a rolled hem along the veil edges.  What type needle, thread, settings and tension should I use?  I have never serged fine fabric.

  11. I have the same serger, the book says to use the spreader but I noticed you didn't mention it, do I need to use it? My rolled hem is coming off weird and I'm not sure if it's the spreader that's causing it, I'm doing everything you say here.

  12. I have a Brother lock 925D, and can't seem to get it to do a nice rolled hem like you're doing here. Any suggestions? I even tried setting it to its preferences, too, it's just not coming out right. It comes out thicker than usual. Can you help? Or do I just need to buy a new serger machine in general?

  13. Thank you so much for this video. I fought with some flimsy fabric all day, wish I had seen this before I started this morning. Lots of good tips.

  14. Hello first time serger over here…lol well trying to learn to thread the thing. My husband always surprised me with machines and the last one he gave me was a Singer 5 professional serger I say last because he passed away January, 2013. It is still unused I want to keep it . Please if anyone can instructed me on how to thread it I would greatly appreciate it.

  15. Hi! I would like to create a rolled hem, but I don't know how to obtain it. I red the instruction manual but I cannot reproduce itt. I have a 14SH754 singer  overlock.
    Can you help me to setup up it please?

  16. Thanks for your amazing tutorials on the Singer Serger. You have taught me how to serge!!! Do you have a tutorial on changing the needle position?

  17. Hi Sarah. Thanks for your videos. They've helped me out a lot especially on how to use different presser feet on my Brother sewing machine. I've decided to open a youtube channel to post up my projects so hope you check them out in the future. I've subscribed and I hope you subscribe my channel as well. You have awesome and very helpful videos. Keep up the good work and hope to see more. 


  18. Hi Sara 🙂 This video and all your videos are sooooo good. I have a teensy weensy favor to ask of you…

    Would you please include the Stitch Width that you are using in the video--as your outcome will give us an idea of which way to go with the width ( Your example would help us to gauge what width is needed for our project)…hope this makes sense…Would you please do that for us? :) (Include the Stitch Width you used in the demo I mean )

    Many Blessings,

  19. thanks I just did a rolled hem on a poly table cloth. I think I need to redo it with a stabilizer, it looks like it wants to pull out in a couple area's :(.

  20. The instructions were not well done. Speak a little more slowly and give more details about what you are doing please.

  21. thanks for DAT video i followed my server book n put d knife in d non working position after i put back d knife in d working position it not cutting d fabric any help please.

  22. Thanks you so much for sharing i was struggling with a rolled hem on a shiffon dress this video helped me get through.

  23. hey Sarah. Love your video as usual. I always learn so much from and you're so easy to learn from. Excellent teaching .

  24. Wonderful, thank you! I used wash out interfacing and on the finest see through fabric I have ever seen it has worked!For those new to overlockers I suggest spending one day threading and unthreading your machine, over and over and over……it does work to take away all fears of thread breaking, or changing colours. The man who sold me my Bernina 1300MDC suggested it and now I LOVE my machine and as an alterations seamstress it is essential. Enjoy!

  25. Oh gurl,am I glad I ran into you. I suck at this. I've had my serger over 5 yrs., and I'm still afraid of it. When doing a rolled hem, do I set the stitch finger on "R", or leave it on "S"? By the way, I appreciate your teaching method. You explain so well, and clear. Thanks for simplifying this dark machine.

  26. I'm now watching the rolled hem tutorial. You say to use the right needle. Do you have to remove the left needle? I'm not sure. I'm afraid of removing a needle. Now you just said to use the correct size needle. what needle is that?

  27. Great tutorial…..I've learned so much from just two of your videos so far an I've been sewing for quite some time…….Thank you so much….your a wonderful teacher….

  28. I spent hours reading the manual. Rethreading the machine. I finally took the Singer ProFinish to a local sewing machine shop that doesn't sell Singers. The technician spent an hour getting it to do the rolled hem. I surged about 6 pieces of fabric and then it started skipping stitches. Once again 6 months later, I'm attempting to use this machine again. I have put in a new needle. I have rethreaded the machine. I'm using cotton/polyester fabric to make napkins for centerpieces. It will make a beautiful stitch for 10-12 inches and then skip stitches and then make beautiful stitches for a another 6-10 or 12 inches and then skip stitches. This is only the second time doing a project on this machine and it is extremely frustrating. Help!

  29. Hi my name is Brittiney. I was wondering, How to hymn a chiffon dress if it has already been sewn together? All I want to do is hymn both sides of my dress because it's too wide around my bust and around my waist.

  30. Best sheer fabric serging video on YouTube. 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 plastic looks very reinforcing, do you think so?

  31. What serger model are you using? Sorry! Because I am buying a serger specifically for the rolled hem. What Singer model do you suggest. And what foot do I need to buy? Thanks

  32. Why do you leave the blade down? And the finished edge doesn't seem to look any different than just a serged edge, as you see the thread from both sides.

  33. I have a Singer serger, the stitches get all uneven when I turn the knob to F with same stitch tension but it works fine when it is 1.5 or a knob below F. I cant figure out why.

  34. Thank You for the tutorial. Your teaching is great. I appreciate the priority of teaching over advertising. I have ordered parts because of the tutorials . Thank you. I was looking for a rolled hem foot for my old Singer. Your tutorial helped a great deal. I am making bags from cloth ie sails and billboards found after hurricane Irma. Last bag has serged edges and looks so much better than no serged edges.

  35. Is the presser feet of a regular sewing machine like Singer Heavy duty 4411 the same of the Singer Pro finish Serger ?

  36. Wow… easy when you know how. I have been wanting to find out how to do this for years. Thank you 😍

  37. Thanks for sharing this tutorial. I just purchased my back up serger, I thought I can use my existing serger threads but it’s way big. What is your suggested I can use. I have same machine Singer ProFinish. I’m news to singer and would like to purchase some serger thread. Thanks

  38. I am a newbie and I have had a Singer Professional 5 (14T968DC) for several months. The instruction manual seriously needs a rework and doesn't answer any of the questions that I have.
    I see you feed the fabric in and it comes out the other end done, but where does the "Roll" part take place. As I understand a "rolled hem", the fabric is folded over and nowhere in the manual, or in any of the half dozen videos I have watched, show or explain where and when the fold happens. I can't see how any folding action can be obtained with my machine and the accessories that came with it. I made a metal folding tool an attached it to my sewing machine It makes fold over and a perfect 1/4 inch hem with a straight stitch anywhere on the fold I want it. But I don't see how to get the fold, or" roll", on the serger.

  39. Thank you for this great tutorial and thank you, most of all, for talking about the importance of good thread. I though I could "cheat" and use regular (not made for overlocking) cheaper thread. My rolled hems looked awful! So, an hour of changing the tensions and sewing them again and again -rethreading and oiling the machine I came across your video.Boom! I heard you talk about the thread, (no idea why I didn´t think about it before) I got some good quality thread, and now my rolled hems look perfect. Thank you – sometimes it´s just the little things we overlook 🙂

  40. Could I just ask. When you finish I noticed that you feed your thread through the serger at the end. What does this do? Does it secure the ends of the thread off? Looks an interesting tip! Love the video 🙂

  41. Hi, I have this serger and I’m trying to do a rolled hem with the same setting but the lower looper thread keeps breaking after threading the fabric for a few seconds. Can someone explain why this is happening.

  42. Thanks for the beautiful video have on domestic Seger that can do rolled hem.for years , pls I have a brother serger so just want to know if my machine too can do this rolled hem and how to go about the settings . Thanks very much and God bless

  43. Hi mam…
    Heartily thanks to you for your tutorial series about foot presser ,
    Its like a Milestone which can uplift from junior to expert level .
    Or from bachelor degree to Masters levels..🎓

  44. Hi! I was not clear about 2 points- were you are using a regular serger foot? And you were not using the knife while rolling, right? Thanks for this-I am a fan and love the tutorials!

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