A picot is a loop of thread created for functional or ornamental purposes along the edge of lace, ribbon, scarf etc. It is easy to picot the edges of chiffon or georgette or any other sheer material with any sewing machine which has a zig -zag stitch.

Technique Materials


1.A sewing machine with a zig zag stitch

2.Narrow rolled hem foot

3.1 3/4 yard of sheer fabric for scarf

4.Matching thread in bobbin and top

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    Sep 12, 2008, 09.04 PMby fbeenz

    I checked the Taunton site. It is awesome. Thank you for sending me the link. I do a lot of picot stitch but did not have to change the tension. However to make it equal to the rolled fabric I have to adjust the length and width of the fabric. It might be because of us having different sewing machines. Singer, here in USA, does not have the picot foor accessory but a picot foot can be ordered for a Brother sewing machine. Brother Picot Foot

    In my opinion, blindhem stitch sewn with a rolled/narrow hem foot looks more like a shell stitch, as shown on the Taunton site. Shell Edging by Blind Hem

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    Sep 11, 2008, 07.23 AMby mirela

    I don’t care how it’s called as long as it is pretty! Thanks for the tutorial! I totally like the part where you straighten the edge for the hemmer foot. The picot is achieved by adjusting the tension of the thread so that it is tighter, the zig zag will gather the fabric and produce a slightly scalloped edge. This reminds me of the shell tucks: http://www.brother-usa.com/ModelDocuments/Consumer/Users%20Manual/UM_CS_8150_EN_183.PDF on page 103.

    Also there is a really good online article on Threads about the hemmer foot: http://www.taunton.com/threads/pages/t00227.asp

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    Sep 9, 2008, 06.41 AMby fbeenz

    Dear Motozulli,

    I have added a couple of more steps to my “How To” with pictures. I hope that would answer your question. Please also keep in mind, that since I learned sewing on my own, the sewing methods I use might not be “authentic”.

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    Sep 8, 2008, 10.30 PMby motozulli

    I’m a little confused. This seems like a rolled hem? How does the “picot” happen?

    FWIW, true picot hemming seems to have been invented in the 1920s, and was done by hemstitching and then cutting down the center.

    Hemstitch attachments aren’t made anymore and are very difficult to find. I’ve been looking for a way to do it by hand, but haven’t found it yet!

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