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The Narrow Hemmer
The Narrow Hemmer is in a class by itself. due to the fact that both trimming and finishing features can be accomplished with one operation, and sewing the very tiniest hem is simplicity itself when given over to the Narrow Hemmer.
This Attachment has no equal when used to finish the edge of ruffles or any dainty work where one tries tt adhere to sheerness.
The Narrow Hammer is attached to machine in the same manner as is the presser foot. Raise needle to highest point; remove presser foot; attach Hemmer; tighten screw.
Beginning at the end of the material where hem is to start, crease over about 1/8 inch of material for a distance of about 2, inches along its edge. Insert this creased end in the Narrow Hammer from beneath, to the depth of the fold, holding the beginning of the horn between the thumb and forefinger of the right hand.
1t is quite helpful, when if is desired to start stitching directly at the selvedged edge, to catch through the material at the fo1ded section of the hem with a needle and thread. The thread can be held on to when drawing the material back preparatory to stitching so that needle will pierce the extreme edge.
With material drawn back to desired position, lower the presser bar, and proceed to saw, guiding cloth into scroll of Hammer with left hand.
Be careful not to feed too much material into the Hammer.
Hemming and Sewing on Lace in One Operation
The Narrow Hemmer is designed with a slot at the right into which the edge of lace, rick-rack braid or any finished trimming edge can be inserted and stitched to garment while hem is being made.
Proceed to make a hem in the same manner as described on previous page. Insert edge of lace or trimming. right side down, in slot at right of Hemmer and see that the needle pierces if close to tbe edge just above turned edge of hem. Commence to stitch guiding the lace edge into the slot of Hemmer with the right hand while guiding material being hemmed into the scroll of Hemmer with the left hand.
Applying lace in what is termed the "French manner" also requires the use of the Narrow Hemmer. Enter the fabric to be hemmed as for plain hemming, but with right side up. Enter lace from the left. right side ;down, on top of the fabric; allow lace to enter Hemmer and meet material just as it is being turned, thus the hem will enclose lace edge in one stitching. Press hem back onto wrong side of fabric and no visible stitching will mar this dainty finish.
The Attachment Foot
The Attachment Foot must replace the presser foot when using the large Hammers, Edgestitcher, Binder, or Quilter.
Press the blued spring on Attachment Foot forward and slip large hole in the Attachment over the rivet on the Attachment Foot. Then slide Attachment to left as far as possible and release pressure on spring. The stitch may be made close to the edge, or away from it by moving the Attachment slightly on this rivet.
Also called the Attachment Holder Foot
A set of HEMMERS, which will finish hems 1/4 inch, 3/8 inch. 5/8 inch and 7/8 inch in width, is provided, by which material can be turned, finished and stitched, without the troublesome task of measuring, cresing or even basting by hand as when stitching with the presser foot.
Attach the desired size of Hemmer in the manner above described. Take the cloth in both hands, the right hand in front of Hemmer and the left behind. Insert edge of goods in tbe scroll of the Hemmer, and draw it back and forth a few times, while gradually feeding the cloth into the Hemmer, so as to fill the scroll completely. When the Hemmer is full, draw the cloth back to start bam near the end. lower presser bar and begin to sew, gently guiding material with first and second fingers of left hand, keeping Hemmer just full. If too much cloth passes into The Hemmer, it will make a rough and clumsy hem, or the goods will be crowded out. if too little the raw edge of material will not be turned in.
In hemming a curve on flannel or very elastic goods guide material with left hand, resisting the feed slightly and guiding the work carefully.
The suggestion made in connection with the Narrow Hemmer of using a, needle and thread to make possible the drawing back of material to the extreme edge to be hemmed can also be applied to these wider hems.
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2006 March 28