Rolled Hems for Quick Projects

I knew my serger was supposed to be able to sew rolled hems. I just had never taken the time to pull out the instructions to find out how to do it. When Melinda and I were making decorations for our table for the Spring Tea, we wanted to use some colorful spring cloth napkins. I figured out how to set up my serger for doing a rolled hem and very quickly made eight napkins with rolled hem edges from some fabric scraps. Serged Cloth NapkinsI was excited to see how easy it was and decided to use the rolled hem stitch on some summer clothes for the granddaughters. Remember the dresses I made for My Princess and Miss Tickles using T-shirts for the top of the dresses? You can find those posts here and here. I took the left over pieces of t-shirts I had cut off and finished off the raw edges of each piece with a serged rolled hem. I stretched the fabric as I sewed to make it ruffle. Then I sewed the pieces to the bottom of another t-shirt top to make a new dress for Miss Tickles, leaving the rolled hem showing to make a ruffle on the top edges.T-Shirt DressI was on a “roll” and did not want to stop. Melinda had some new pairs of shorts for Miss Tickles that she wanted skirts added to. Using the tutorial for the circle skirt, I cut a circle from fabric and sewed a rolled hem stitch on the bottom and inside of the circle. I pinned the circle to the shorts and straight stitched (on my regular sewing machine) the circle to the bottom of the short’s waistband. Serged Circle Skirt over ShortsA while back I had pinned on Pinterest a skirt made with squares of fabric and decided to incorporate the circle skirt and the squares together for two more skirts over shorts.Green Circle Square Skirt over ShortsCircle Square Skirt over ShortsIf you have a serger and have only used it for regular serging, pull out your instruction manual and learn to sew rolled hems. You can also watch this video from Craftsy. Hmm…So what else can my serger do?


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