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I am a mother, a grandmother, and a teacher. But whatever happens in my life, I keep sewing. I have worked as a political communicator and now as a teacher in my formal life. I have also written extensively on sewing. I have been a frequent contributor and contributing editor of Threads magazine and the Australian magazine Dressmaking with Stitches. My book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge was published in May 2018 and is available for pre-order from Amazon



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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

A quick little video on the narrow hem foot

Thanks to those who sensibly asked me to use contrasting thread in these short videos.

Made a big difference. This is another one of my favourite feet.


Kim said...

Excellent! I have always had a problem getting this foot to work for me, I will definitely try your method. Thanks so much!

Aly said...

Thank you Barbara for that helpful video.
I have always struggled to do this on a curved edge, like a hem on a full shirt. Do you think it is possible to do that successfully on a domestic sewing machine?
Thanks again for giving these hints.

Nancy JC said...

Barbara, YOU are a genius! I too have had trouble getting this miracle foot to do something as beautiful as what you have just done. Thank you for the three tips!

Rebecca said...

Thank you for your videos. You are an excellent teacher!

Fashionista said...

Great tips as always Barbara. I'm a fan of my narrow hemming foot.

I am currently working my way through the Clothes Making Mavens podcast back catalogue and loving your little segment on sewing and life. This morning I was nodding along sagely as I listened to the discussion about sewing for menstruation and menopause. Now that I am deep into menopause (I'm hoping it'll end someday??) body heat is high in my considerations for my sewing!

And I have added your book to my birthday list :)

Patricia said...

Thank you so much. I love this foot, but always have a messy bit at the start. Your tips are so helpful, I can't wait to have another go.

Clare D said...

Thank you for the video. I have used this foot but struggled when I got to seams. It hadn’t occurred to me that I could hem then cut out.
Sometimes you need another person to do the alternative thinking for you. I will give it a go.

Barbara said...

Aly what you do with this foot and a shirt is to hem the front and back and then do the side seams. Works great.

Lisa G :-) said...

Thank you so much for this video! Your tips solve the problems I've had in the past when I tried to use this foot. Doing it in the flat is smart, but doing it before you even cut the fabric out is brilliant!! You don't have to worry about distorting the shape of your pattern piece!! I absolutely love the short, single-subject videos. Thank you again! :-)

Kaye said...

Yesterday I ordered a narrow hem foot for my machine, after playing with the one on my Grandmothers Bernina from the 1950’s, then today I found your post on using the hammer before seaming garments, brilliant!! I still feel like it would be cool to be able to do the hem in a circle, at least if that becomes too much for me, I know there is an alternative.
I also ordered a flat fell foot...are you planning a video with one of those??? (Nudge, nudge 😁)
Many thanks.

Barbara said...

Kaye I was wondering if these feet videos were boring to folks but if you want I can keep doing some on my favourites!

Anonymous said...

I have tried and tried to use this foot and it has NEVER worked. Your method - immediate excellent results. Thank you! FYI - these videos send me to eBay - I just bought the blind hem foot :) Laurie