How to Use a Rolling Hem Foot | 7 Easy Steps

Jul 29, 2023 | Sewing

If you are a sewer looking for a way to achieve clean and professional-looking hems, you need a rolled hem presser foot. A rolling hem foot is a fantastic sewing tool that can greatly improve your sewing experience. Whether you are working on garments, home decor projects, or accessories, the rolling hem foot will become your go-to tool for creating perfect hems with ease.

What is a Rolling Hem Foot?

Rolling hem foot is a sewing machine foot to create neat and professional-looking narrow hems

A rolled hem presser foot is a specialised sewing machine foot designed to create neat and professional-looking narrow hems. It is usually used when sewing lightweight and sheer fabrics. It can also be used to sew some medium weight fabrics. The rolling hem foot has a unique shape with a scrolled channel that helps guide the fabric smoothly as it creates the rolled hem.

When using a rolling hem foot, the fabric is automatically folded over while it is fed through the foot. The foot’s design allows the fabric to roll up, wrapping the raw edge within the hem. The process results in tightly rolled, clean hems.


Types of Projects that Benefit from a Rolled Hem Presser Foot

  • Shirts
  • Skirts
  • Dresses
  • Scarves
  • Curtains
  • Table Linens
  • Pillowcases
  • Handkerchiefs
  • Baby Clothes
  • Lingerie
  • Handbags
  • … and More


What are the Benefits of a Rolled Hem Foot?

A rolled hem foot is a valuable sewing tool that has several benefits, including:

  • Neat and Professional-Looking Hem

A rolled hem foot allows you to create precise, narrow hems that look clean and professional.

  • Time Saving

With a rolled hem foot, you can save time. You can create perfectly rolled hems in a fraction of the time it would take to hand sew them.

  • Consistency

With a rolled hem foot, you can achieve consistent results. The foot maintains an even width and tension, ensuring you get a uniform finish.

  • Versatility

The rolled hem foot is a versatile tool that can be used to sew various lightweight fabrics. It is suitable for a wide range of projects, including clothing, home decor, accessories, and crafts.

  • Ease of Use

After you use the rolled hem foot a couple of times, you will be able to achieve excellent results with minimal effort.

  • Enhanced Creativity

By having a rolled hem foot, you can experiment with different types of fabrics and create unique sewing projects. 


What Size Hem Does a Rolled Hem Presser Foot Make?

The size of the hem created by a rolling hem will vary depending on the specific rolled hem presser foot being used. Generally, a rolling hem foot is designed to create narrow hems that measure 1/8 inch (3 mm) to 3/8 inch (10 mm) in width.


How to Use a Rolling Hem Foot

how to use a rolling hem foot

Using a rolled hemming foot may be intimidating at first, but with practice, it becomes very easy. Below is a step-by-step guide on how to use a rolling hem foot:

1.Attach the Rolling Hem Presser Foot

Start by attaching the rolling hem presser foot to your sewing machine.

 2. Adjust the Machine’s Settings

Adjust the machine settings for a rolled hem. Set the stitch length to a shorter setting and adjust the tension to suit your fabric.

3. Prepare the Fabric

Fold and press the edge of the fabric to create a small double fold, about 1/8 inch (3 mm) wide. If desired, you can press the fold in place with an iron to make it easier to guide the fabric through the foot.

4. Position the Fabric

Place the folded fabric edge under the rolling hem foot. The right side of the folded hem should align with the right side of the groove on the bottom of the foot.

4. Begin Sewing

Lower the presser foot and make 4-5 stitches.

5. Feed the Fabric

Keeping your down, raise the rolling hem presser foot. Now, feed the hem into the scrolled channel. Gently lower the foot, making sure the hem stays in the channel.

6. Finish Sewing

Continue sewing the length of your hem making certain the folded edge of the fabric stays against the right side of the channel. As you sew, make sure to maintain a slow, steady pace and guide the fabric smoothly to prevent any mistakes. Keep the fabric slightly taut but avoid pulling it forcefully. When you reach the end, sew a few stitches in place to secure the hem. Cut the thread and remove the fabric from the machine.

7. Finish the Hem

After you have sewed the hem, press it with an iron to set the stitches and give it a crisp finish.


Frequently Asked Questions about Rolling Hemming Foots

Do I need to iron a hem before using a rolled hemming foot?

While it is not mandatory to iron a hem before using a rolled hemming foot, it is recommended. Ironing the hem first helps create a crisp and precise fold. This makes it easier to guide the fabric through the rolling hem foot and achieve a clean, professional finish.


Can a rolling hem foot be used with any sewing machine?

In general, a rolling hem foot can be used with most sewing machines. However, it is important to note that compatibility may vary depending on the make and model of your sewing machine.


What type of fabric is suitable for a rolling hem foot?

A rolled hemming foot is suitable for lightweight and medium-weight fabrics. It works well with fabrics such as chiffon, lightweight cotton, linen, rayon, and polyester blends. If you are in doubt, test the rolling hen foot on a fabric scrap before hemming.


Do I need a rolled hemming foot to sew hems?

No, a rolled hemming foot is not necessary to sew hems. However, it will make the process easier and create a more professional finish.


What is the typical size of a rolled hem?

The typical size range of hems created with a rolled hemming foot is generally between 1/8 inch (3 mm) to 3/8 inch (10 mm) in width.


A rolling hem foot is a versatile sewing tool that can help you create clean and professional-looking hems easily.

A rolled hemming foot is a specialised tool for creating neat and professional hems in your sewing projects. Whether you are working on clothing or home decor projects, the foot can simplify the process and add a touch of elegance to your creations.

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With just a bit of practice, you can master the art of using a rolling hem foot and make beautifully finished hems.

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