How to Turn a Corner When Serging a Rolled Hem

A rolled hem makes an attractive hemline.
A rolled hem makes an attractive hemline. (Image: Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Stitching rolled hems with a serger can create a simple, yet effective hemline that will finish a variety of projects. Although napkins may be one of the most common rolled hem items, this hemming technique is also suitable for scarves and lightweight skirts. When you stitch a rolled hem in an item with corners, the technique for turning corners with a serger may take a little practice. With effort, you will soon be turning beautiful corners when serging a rolled hem.

Things You'll Need

  • Serger
  • Serger thread
  • Fabric

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Position the fabric you are roll-hemming into the serger, beginning your stitching just after a corner. Serge along the very edge of the fabric until you come to the next corner.

Stitch very slowly until you sew one stitch beyond the corner. Stop the serger and position the needles in the raised position.

Lift the presser foot and move the fabric back so the threads come off the stitch finger (immediately under the needles).

Turn the fabric to reposition it after the corner. Align the fabric so the needles will go down into the fabric immediately on the other side of the corner.

Pull the needle threads slightly just above the tension guides to tighten the thread tension.

Lower the presser foot and serge again to the next corner. Repeat the same process at each corner.

Tips & Warnings

  • Practice serging outer corners before trying this technique on a project to avoid mistakes.


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