Added Sep 8, 2008
A picot edge is used in crochet, knitting and tatting. It is also used to cover the raw edges of fabrics like georgette, chiffon, knit, satin, silk etc.
When done by hand, it is done in two steps. The edge of the fabric is rolled and whip stitched (the ZIG part). Some space is left between the stitches. In the second step the edge is whipped stitched again but the stitches are in the opposite direction (The ZAG) and in the space left between the two stitches of the first step. The edges of the fabric look almost the same on wrong and right side of the fabric.
Picot edge can be used on scarves, lingerie, ruffles, sheer skirts or dresses etc. It is a very easy substitute for a narrow hem.
Picot and narrow hem have different feet for a machine. They look the same from the top but the groove under the narrow hemmer foot is a little bit wider and flatter. However, I have used the narrow hemmer foot for sewing the picot edges without any difficulty.
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