Hemmer feet are remarkable little inventions. If you’ve ever tried to take the time pressing and turning a hem as small as 1/8″, these feet will be a revelation.
BERNINA makes 7 different hemmer feet–#61, #62, #63, #64, #66, #68, & #69. Each is a specific finished desired hem and for straight or zig-zag/decorative stitching. For example, #64 allows for a finished hem of 4mm and has a straight stitch opening. The size of the channel on the sole ranges from 2mm to 6mm.
The Roll and Shell Hemmer Feet, #68 & #69, can create a slightly 3 dimensional “scalloped” hem when used with the Vari-Overlock Stitch (stitch #3 on most machines).
The video on the BERNINA website recommends doing 3-4 straight stitches and not clipping the threads which gives the sewist something to hold while placing it correctly in the corkscrew of the foot. I tried doing this in combination with the Free Hand System on the 380 with mixed results. The first time, I didn’t get the raw edge under the first turn but then it picked up. I had better results the second time I worked with it but then didn’t quite get it again on the third try.
Instead, I tried what I had been taught – to finger press the turns of the first part of the hem and stitch. After about 1″, with the needle down, raise the presser foot and work the hem through the corkscrew. This method was far more effective for me. It allows for a perfect start and continuation.
Be sure to hold the fabric all the way across the foot while you work. You don’t want to only do a single turn and miss part of your hem! This definitely takes some practice but imagine making the tiniest hems so easy and perfect.
All 7 hemmer feet are 25% in August! This is perfect for light summer skirts, sun dresses, or even join in Delicate Fabric Techniques: Taffy Blouse and get hands on experience with these miracle feet.