How to Hem Knit Fabric with a Serger

How to Hem Knit Fabric with a Serger

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.

How to Hem Knit Fabric with a Serger, step 1

If you will to hem your knit garments with straight stitches on your standard sewing machine you get the wavy edge of garment (skirt or pants). 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 easily.

How to Hem Knit Fabric with a Serger, step 2

First, you need lift up the knife of serger, as shown.
To do this you need pull the upper blade to the right and simultaneously turn it upwards.

How to Hem Knit Fabric with a Serger, step 3

Now you need to fold 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 (or using the pins, clips etc.).

How to Hem Knit Fabric with a Serger, step 4

Now let's hem a knit fabric on serger. My serger has four threads (two needles).

How to Hem Knit Fabric with a Serger, step 5

The is very simple way of hemming knit fabric.

How to Hem Knit Fabric with a Serger, step 6

You can use this way to hemming the boys pants, girls skirt and other kind of kids garments.
Next, I show you another way, using one needle thread on serger only.

How to Hem Knit Fabric with a Serger, step 7

First, pull out the right (or left) needle thread away.
The knife must be turned off, lift it up.

How to Hem Knit Fabric with a Serger, step 8

Fold the bottom edge of skirt or pants as you did before.
Serge the folded edge of knit fabric, as shown.
Note: In some cases before hemming you need to loosen the needle thread tension.

How to Hem Knit Fabric with a Serger, step 9

When sewing is finished you need stretch the folded hem and press it. In this case on right side a fabric will be visible stitches. It will add a decorative effect to your garment.

How to Hem Knit Fabric with a Serger, step 10

On this photo is shown the hemming another kind of the knit fabric.

How to Hem Knit Fabric with a Serger, step 11

This is the wrong side of hemming a knit fabric with serger using three threads.

How to Hem Knit Fabric with a Serger, step 12

Depending on the needle thread tension will be changed the appearance of this seam.

English isn't my first language, so please excuse any mistakes and help correct them.
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