Serger Tutorial: Lettuce-Edge Hem

Lettuce-Edge Hem

Lettuce-Edge Hem

I love sewing on knits, especially with my serger. Differential feed is definitely your friend when serging on any kind of stretchy fabric, making those seams nice and flat! One of the most popular classes I teach at live events is my Knit Baby Daygown & Bonnets class — it’s a great little workshop that includes a sweet knit daygown for baby and two little matching bonnets. It covers lots of great techniques like how to put in neck and sleeve bindings, embellishing with machine embroidery, adding sweet ribbon bows and more. It also includes instructions on two hem finishes — a tailored hem or a frilly lettuce-edge. Below, follow my instructions for recreating the adorable lettuce-edge hem by serger.

Lettuce-edge can be achieved with a rolled edge or a narrow edge finish. Set the serger for three-thread rolled hem or narrow edge finish.

Ballpoint needle
SS=C (narrow edge finish) or D (rolled hem)
DF=0.8 (less than 1 or N)

lettuce-edge hem

Figure 1

1. Serge the lower edge, right side up, stretching the lower edge as you stitch or after you stitch (figs. 1 and 2).

lettuce-edge hem

Figure 2

2. Overlap the beginning and the end (fig. 3). Tie thread tails into a knot.

lettuce-edge hem

Figure 3

3. Dot the overlap with seam sealant. Let dry. Trim excess thread.

That’s all there is to it! We are including an instructional video for this entire Knit Baby Daygown & Bonnets workshop, along with the shared copyright of the project instructions, as an early registration bonus for anyone who signs up for our Serger, Serger! Online Licensing by tomorrow (Sunday, April 24). Update: The deadline to receive this bonus has been extended to Saturday, April 30! That means you’ll be able to tie these cute projects into your own course planning, or make them by the dozens for gift-giving or for sale. Please note in order to collect the daygown bonus you will need to register at, if not already registered.

Of course, you’ll have the other 24+ projects included in the Serger, Serger! curriculum as well, all ready for you to make, share and teach. This course includes all the projects shared in our popular Serger II face-to-face licensing retreats. There is a great collection of projects included in this curriculum: everything from a christening gown and other garments for little ones, to women’s clothes and accessories, to quilts and home decor projects.

We’ll also share all sorts of tips and teach you many techniques. We’ll prepare you to give instruction on how to thread, identify parts and settings for general serging methods, master tips and tricks for specialty serging techniques and how to use additional feet. You’ll learn all about installing zippers on your serger, creating and attaching piping, serging piecing and quilting basics, serger crochet, creating serger lace and much more.

One question I get from a lot of people about our licensings is whether you need to take them in any kind of order. The answer is no — they are each stand-alone courses each with its own set of unique projects! If you’d like to learn more about our online licensings, watch this great video with Martha.

I invite you to join us for Serger, Serger! Online Licensing — learn more and reserve your spot here! On the site, you can learn more about the projects, read testimonials from past students, get to know all of the teachers on our Martha Pullen Licensing team and more.

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Much Love to You All & May God Bless,
Kathy McMakin


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