How to Hem Knit Fabric with a Serger
Hemming will be the last thing you do on your knit pants or skirts. But hem the pants or skirts that are made from stretchy knits fabrics is not easily.
There are different ways of hemming such garments. In factory conditions for this sewing operation is used a coverstitch machine. Hemming knit fabric using this special sewing machine is the best way.
At home, the hem can be done in other ways. Try my own easy way how to hem knits fabrics using a serger only.
If you will to hem your knit garments on your standard sewing machine (with straight stitches) you will get the wavy edge. In addition to this defect, the thread of these stitches may tear when you try to stretch a hemline.
But if you have a serger you can hem knit fabric very correctly and easily.
At beginning, you need lift up top knife of serger, as shown.
To lift up the knife you need pull the upper blade to the right and simultaneously turn it upwards. The modern models of sergers do not have the upper knife. Both knives located at the bottom plate of the working place overlock. They can also be switched off (see instruction).
Now you need turn up the edge of the knit fabric as shown.
Next, press well the folded hem.
If you have little experience and skill you need to baste a hem by hand stitches (or using the pins, clips etc.).
Now let's hem a knit fabric using a serger. My serger has four threads (two needles).
This method is very simple way of hemming a knit fabric.
You can use this way to hemming the boys pants, girls skirt and for hem other kinds of kids garments.
Next, I show you another way.
Take a screwdriver and remove one needle thread.
You can pull out the right or left needle thread away. Depending on it will changed the width of the stitch.
The knife must be turned off, you need lift it up.
Fold the bottom edge of skirt or pants as you did before. Press it well.
Now you can serge the folded edge of knit fabric, as shown.
Note: In some cases, before hemming, you need to loosen the needle thread tension.
When sewing is finished you need stretch the folded hem and press it, as shown. In this case on right side a fabric will be visible stitches. It can add a decorative effect to your garment.
On this photo is shown the hemming of another kind of the knit fabric.
On this photo is shown the wrong side of hemming a knit fabric using a serger with three threads.
Note: Depending on the needle thread tension will be changed the appearance of this seam.
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