How To Do A Rolled Hem On A Serger

You can use a serger or sewing machine to sew rolled hems, and it is a lot easier. You will be surprised to see how beautiful and quick the serger rolled hems. In addition, serging a rolled hem is a way to change the overlocker setting.

In this process, you can remove one of the needles and sew using three threads. Most sergers have a three-thread or two-thread rolled edge. Two-thread roller hems are for lightweight fabrics, like organza or chiffon.

Three-thread rolled is for cotton materials, and you can find this in decorative pillows, edges of napkins, single-layer ruffles, table linens, scarves, and other things.

You can also find the rolled hem in some knit garments. The process to stitch a rolled hem on the machine is easy. You can easily do it provided you must have the serger.

Be with us and read this guide, after which you can continue with the process.

How To Do A Rolled Hem On A Serger?

To start the process in the serger, you have to remove the thread present in the left needle. Then, you can either adjust or remove the stitching finger, depending on the overlocker you are using.

On the narrowest setting, you must adjust the width of the stitch. The next thing you have to do is to adjust the tension in the lower and upper loopers.

It would help if you were confused as to how to do the process. Well, you can read the step-by-step process explained here, and then you can do so.

First of all, you have to search the stitch finger on the overlocker, the stitch length and width dials, and the tension dials. Then, if required, You can go through the instruction guide and look for the components.

It will explain how the process is to be carried out for most overlockers, and after reading that, sewing the rolled hem will not be difficult.

Step 1: Before you start the process of the rolled hem, you must note the settings of the serger. After you complete doing the task, you have to revert to the serger settings.

Step 2: First, you have to eliminate the left needle while using the two-needle overlocker.

Step 3: After that, you have to unscrew the left needle, take it out, and keep it on one side. If you are a little careful in removing the threat from the machine, you do not need to eliminate the needle.

Step 4: Look for the stitch finger and now adjust or remove it to the lowest setting. You may need to remove them in some devices, while in others, you have to fix them.

Step 5: There will be a special slot to keep it, and then you can place it back.

Step 6: If you want to locate the stitch finger, you can slide the door, and you will find it on the left-hand side.

Step 7: To remove the stitch finger, press the little button placed below the finger.

Step 8: Based on the push firmness, either the stitch finger will pop out or fall. If it pops up, you can still remove it using fingers, and it slides out easily.

Step 9: On the sliding door, you can locate the storing slot for the stitch finger.

Step 10: Now, you have to find the stitch width dial to adjust the width of the needle. If you need to fix the length, you must do that as well.

Step 11: After you finish the above steps, you must fix the right needle tension to three.

Step 12: You must fix the upper looper tension to a lower setting compared to the lower looper. It can be anything between 5 and 3, and you must run tests before serging.

Step 13: Mainly, it is said that a 5 is a better choice than others and then fix the lower looper tension to the higher setting. It can be from six to eight, and many of them prefer to go with seven.

Step 14: If you need, you have to adjust the tension to the extent that you are happy with the garment edge rolls. Also, remember that the amount of fabric being rolled will depend on the width of the stitch and the type of cloth used.

Step 15: You can get the best roll in thin fabric, and the medium-weight fabric rolls a little bit.

Step 16: By changing the width and length of the stitch, you can change the look of the hem and get what you need.

Step 17: Before you start sewing, check that you are sewing the tail first. You can choose to hide the tailor; you can do it in the end.

Step 18: With the cloth on the right side up, you can start sewing. It would help if you fixed the lower and upper looper tension till the edge turns under.

How To Revert To Thread Stitching To No. 4?

After you complete the rolled hem, you have to revert to 4 thread stitching. The process to follow to get the thread at stitch no. 4 is:

You must replace the stitch finger to its initial position, and after that, you must replace the left needle in the thread and original spot.

You must get back to the original settings for the stitch length, width, and tension dials.

Start running a few stitches to get a tail, and you must check that the machine has started to function at normal conditions.

Alternative Ways To Do A Rolled Hem

Based on the type of sewing, you may need to roll the hem from the corner. Here it becomes difficult to sew the fabric evenly. In this instance, you can follow any of the processes and then continue with the above steps.

Tearaway Stabilizer

Step 1: Below the fabric, you must keep the tearaway stabilizer which will eliminate pulling the edge under the needle plate of the sewing machine.

Step 2: Additionally, to pull the garment past the foot, use the stabilizer until you are beyond the corner.

Step 3: Now, you must use the sewing machine and fabric, but before that, you must cut a small piece in the rectangular shape of a tearaway stabilizer.

Step 4: The piece should be of size 1″ x 2,” and you must place the fabric below the foot. After that, place the tearaway under the fabric corner, so a huge part of it gets extended beyond the corner.

Step 5: Now, you must place the stabilizer to start sewing, starting from the edge. After that, you can continue the above steps to continue with the rolled hem.

On Slippery Fabric

Step 1: Slippery fabric does not like to get pressed alongside the edge. Even if you try to get the fold, it isn’t easy to get an even fold by inserting it into the guide.

Considering that, you can follow this process to get a ¼” line of stitching approximately.

Step 2: Set the sewing machine at a basic straight stitch and start sewing along the raw edge. It must have a ¼” seam allowance, and you can use a quarter-inch seam foot here.

Step 3: Press the garment after folding to the wrong side by the raw edge. The stitching line should be the folding guide.

Step 4: Now, you can fold the fabric over to sew the rolled hem. After that, you can follow the above process to get a rolled hem.

Square Corners

Step 1: First, you must prepare the fabric where you want to get a rolled hem.

Step 2: Start sewing from one side and using the stabilizer and a basic rolled hem or a thread tail.

Step 3: Now, take out the fabric from the machine and press the next side.

Step 4: Fold the corner and place the garment under the foot. Start sewing, and here you can use a tearaway stabilizer to get over the hump.

Step 5: Now start switching to the next side and eliminate the fabric under the foot. Once you do these steps, you complete the process to get a rolled hem.

Is It Easy To Get Rolled Hem On Any Type Of Fabric?

Yes, it is easy to get, but thin fabrics can give you the best look. For slippery garments, it is difficult to get a good finish. However, you can follow the above procedure to complete the process, which is easy to do.

What Are The Things Required To Get The Process Done?

To carry out the process, the things you will require are the serger and matching thread. Without the machine, you cannot do it as it is not possible. Some people try doing this with their hands, but you cannot get a fine look. Also, you must have matching threads so that it looks great and does not look improper.



I'm Jessica Flores, a professional fashion designer and an expert seamstress. Crafting has always been a deep-seated passion of mine, one that has flourished and evolved over the years. I've dedicated considerable time to both studying and practicing in the realm of fashion and sewing, amassing a wealth of experience and skills. It brings me great joy to share these insights and experiences with you all, hoping to inspire and foster a similar passion for the art of sewing.

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