If you've ever pulled this foot out of your sewing machine accessories pouch and felt intimidated or thought 'what the heck is this thing?' you're not alone. A few months ago I finally overcame my fear of the rolled hemmer foot and conquered! (This specialty foot and I are like best friends now!)
The rolled hemmer foot folds and stitches a narrow hem like the one below:
It accomplishes all of this better and more accurately than your could ever do on your own. You can use it to finish the edges of tablecloths, blouses, linings and scarves.
I used the rolled hemmer foot to finish the edge of the apron and blouse, above. To get started, you will need the rolled hemmer foot that goes with your machine. As you can see, mine is foot #69. If you're unsure if your machine has a rolled hemmer foot, or where to find it, call a store that sells them or check the internet first.
How to make a rolled hem:
Identify the edge that you want finished and fold it over about 1/4".
Fold the fabric over again. Now, using your seam ripper, guide your fabric into the scroll.
Begin sewing. The scroll controls the width of the rolled hem so it is even throughout. Stitch along, carefully guiding the fabric into the scroll, folding it as you feed it into the foot.
When you are done, you will have a beautifully crafted rolled hem on your garment so nice that your friends will think you bought it. No really, it is that awesome!
Have fun and good luck!
If you need additional help, there are some very informative YouTube videos on the rolled hemmer foot.