This week’s remnant redo is a stand-in for a real project, and was labored over and produced by the mother of invention: I needed a table covering and I needed it quick.
You might think that I have an unlimited trove of table covers to pick from…they can be quick and easy to make, and cheap to buy. That’s a valid assumption; I have a TON of table covers. This project sprang from an impulse buy–check out the beautiful gold glitter-flocked organza fabric in a pine cone and holly berry print on a gleaming golden background. Not a remnant, but an “end-of-bolt” buy, and with none left to be found anywhere, it is one of a kind in my household.
Of course, I bought it on sale! But it wasn’t cheap, and I didn’t want to waste any of it, so although it wasn’t a perfect fit for my table, I wanted to put a narrow hem on it and let it grace my table like a gilded lily, and prop up an upcoming feast.
Now, how to get that narrow hem?I consulted my never-fail source of sewing knowledge, the experts at A-1 Sewing. They had the right foot for the job, the 2 mm Shell Rolled Hemmer. It looks almost exactly like the 2mm Hemmer foot, one of which I also have in the drawer, so why did I go out and get the “shell” one? No real reason, except that the edge they perceived I wanted to make would have a little tiny scallop and would be a very narrow zigzag with the “shell” foot, as opposed to a straight-stitched, not scalloped edge with the plain rolled hemmer. The foot has a groove that determines the size of the hem (2 mm) and a little curl that catches the edge and folds or rolls it under just before the needle sews the narrow hem. Anyway, it produces a pretty consistent edge, a far cry from my previous attempts at narrow hemming without the specific proprietary foot. The fabric is so sheer and lightweight and fray-prone, that you will get nowhere trying to turn it under a few millimeters and iron it, then make it stay folded under the normal big cumbersome all-purpose foot, except for maybe a sweating forehead and burned fingers. So just…just get a narrow hemmer foot, shell or non-shell, and be done with it!