how do I do an edging stitch

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11 years 2 months ago #27171 by highgirl
I'm trying to make an apron and it has all these little frills up it. Each of the frills is sewn on and then the bottom edge is sort of overlocked but in a very fine nice wee way...can anyone tell me how this is done?

Do I need an overlocker or does a fancy sewing machine do it?

I may need to put a photo on if I haven't explained myself clearly enough [;)]

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11 years 2 months ago #375027 by Hawkspur
basic blanket stitch is one handstitched method.You do need to keep the proportions even and square shaped for this to look good, but it is quick and tidy. It is often done over an edge folded the same width as the stitch, and with a contrasting thick thread.
I found a how-to pic here: www.thenaturalstructure.com/sewing/hand/...-blanket_stitch.html

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11 years 1 month ago #375034 by grannie Mary
do you have a rolling foot for your machine?, if so use a very narrow zig zag. It will look lovely

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11 years 1 month ago #375065 by highgirl

grannie Mary;367542 wrote: do you have a rolling foot for your machine?, if so use a very narrow zig zag. It will look lovely

I don't think I do have a rolling foot??? What is that? My machine is only a very basic one that I borrowed from mum-in-law.

I may have to grovel to my mother and ask her to do it for me...she unfortunately doesn't trust me with her machine...it's a bit like a man and his chainsaw or lawnmower [;)]

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11 years 1 month ago #375078 by Jen - Featherston
what you need is a rolled edge hemming foot for your machine, or an over locker. For the overlocker you need to change the cutting blade width as well as the size of your stitches :)

I made a heap of kids aprons for sale a while back and found the frilled ones looked neater with the rolled edge hemming foot.

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11 years 1 month ago #375103 by Stikkibeek

highgirl;367579 wrote: I don't think I do have a rolling foot??? What is that? My machine is only a very basic one that I borrowed from mum-in-law.

I may have to grovel to my mother and ask her to do it for me...she unfortunately doesn't trust me with her machine...it's a bit like a man and his chainsaw or lawnmower [;)]

A roll hemmer foot is elongated with one "toe" longer than the other and has a curved piece ( a bit like the spring from a wind-up clock) in the top. You start it off by threading the edge you want to hem, into the curved piece and then as you sew, the material slides through the curve and is forced to roll, being caught and stitched before it emerges from the foot Here's a good example.
You can achieve the same thing by hand, using a handkerchief stitch which gives you the option of fluting the edge.

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