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I am making a skirt with a circular ruffle attached to the bottom. I made the skirt out of taffeta (which may have been a mistake in retrospect…) and I need a way to finish the raw edges of the ruffle. My first intention was to use the narrow hem foot on my brother machine and hem around them but it is really difficult to get it to work around the curved fabric. I am trying to imitate a skirt that was made with a serged edge on it, but I have no serger. Can the overlock stitch work? The taffeta just seems to shred at the edge… I have been looking online at overlock feet and side cutter feet for my machine, does anyone know how these might work? Is there any special needle/thread I should be using with this very light taffeta?


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    Feb 20, 2014, 04.19 AMby arisaid

    A rolled hem would be good but as you don’t have a serger ………. However all is not lost. You could sew a row of stitches near the edge all the way round and then roll it over with your fingers and hand sew into place. The row of stitches will stop it from fraying as you work your way round.

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    Feb 20, 2014, 02.40 PMby juliecmcgee

    Wow sounds like it would take quite a bit of skill to get that hem right! I am going to need to do some practicing…

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    Feb 20, 2014, 08.02 PMby juliecmcgee

    Just a follow up, I stopped at the store and decided to try the overedge foot for my machine.It works perfectly! It is exactly what I was looking for, with a narrow zig-zag stitch it mimics the serged edge pretty well. All of my attempts with the narrow hem foot were terrible… the taffeta won.

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