Most of our Janome machines come standard with anarrow hem foot.Sometimes called the rolled hem foot – which is just what it does: it rolls the fabric over to form a very narrow hem.
Not to be confused with the rolled hem on the serger which achieves a narrow edging but is done completely differently with one needle and both the upper & lower loopers of the serger. Quick, easy and wonderfully neat but not what we are talking about here.
In addition to the the 2mm Narrow hem foot D that comes with most of our Janome machines, there is also the opportunity to purchase optional extra’s: the D1 is narrow hem foot for 6mm narrow hems and D2 is for 4mm narrow hems. For some models, these D1 & D2 feet are packaged together in one blister pack. Ask your local dealer for details.
These feet can cause us to groan or at very least ask: “How do I use this foot? I just cannot get it right”.
First off, I must say that it is one of those techniques that is NOT as easy as falling off a log! To have neat and successful results with this foot, you will need to PRACTICE to get it right. Here are some hints & tips:
- TRIM THE HEM EDGE WITH A ROTARY CUTTER
- FORM A HEM BY FOLDING FABRIC OVER TWICE. MAKE THE FOLD THE SAME WIDTH AS THE GROOVE UNDER THE FOOT (2mm, 4mm or 6mm). Finger press for approximately an inch or 2. Pin with just one pin.
- POSITION UNDER THE NARROW HEM FOOT AND SEW JUST 3 OR 4 STITCHES.
- STOP, RAISE THE NEEDLE, AND FEED THE FOLDED EDGES OF THE HEM INTO THE CURVED PIECE ON THE FOOT. ENSURE IT IS ALL THE WAY INTO THE “SLOT”.
- LOWER THE PRESSER FOOT AGAIN, POSITION THE NEEDLE & NOW START STITCHING SLOWLY PULLING GENTLY ON THE THREAD TAILS AT THE BACK TO HELP YOU GET IT GOING.
- THE STICTHING MAY BE STRAIGHT, ZIG-ZAG OR TRY SOME DECORATIVE STICTHES FOR LOVELY HEMMED STITCHED FINISHES.
- ALWAYS GUIDE FABRIC WITH 2 HANDS ENSURING YOU SEW STRAIGHT & FABRIC STAYS IN THE CURL.