How To Sew With A Narrow Hemming Foot

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Produced by: Colleen G Lea for Fashion Sewing Blog

In this post, I’d like to look at, and explain by way of a video tutorial, the use of a narrow hemming foot on your sewing machine.

This is in response to a request by a Fashion Sewing Blog reader who wanted to know more about this fantastic little sewing machine attachment.

Before we start, I’d first like to say that although a narrow hemming foot will do the same job no matter the make and model of your machine, the feet can vary in width or look dependant on which sewing machine you use.

The foot has a scroll element which folds the fabric as you machine sew, causing the raw edge to be turned in on itself.

The size of the hem can be identified by the size of the gauge at the underside of the foot.

A narrow hemming foot is commonly used to create a dainty rolled finish to a raw edge. It also gives the fashion sewer greater control and flexibility to sew very small hems which are difficult and time consuming to complete by hand.


1 – Place your fabric on the sewing machine, wrong side up, aligning the raw edge to the outer edge of the hemming foot.

2 – Sew 2-3 stitches and lift the foot. DO NOT cut the threads.

3 – Pull the threads away from the machine to create thread tails. About 8 cms – 3 inches in length.

4 – Place your fabric back under the hemming foot, holding onto the thread tails you’ve now created. Use these tails to ease the edge of the fabric into the scroll of the foot.

5 – Once the fabric is in the scroll of the hemming foot, put it down and start to sew, guiding the fabric with your fingers.

6 – Keep the fabric at a slight angle at the front of the foot.

Have you found this tutorial useful? Please let me know.

If you have any questions relating to this or any other fashion sewing related matter, then please feel free to get in touch.

It’s always a joy to hear from our sewing community!


It’s good to talk!

Happy fashion sewing

Colleen G Lea


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