Hemmed in - SINGER HEMSTITCHER
Ahem...must confess I've never used a hemstitcher until now. Time to rectify that little oversight. So what exactly does a hemstitcher do? Well, according to the box it "does real hemstitching."
Hemstitching is a decorative sewing technique for embellishing the hem of linens, handkerchiefs, or garments. It is often used in combination with drawn-thread work to create intricate designs.
In the decades before zig-zag sewing machines revolutionized the industry, Singer offered a wide variety of attachments to add versatility and creativity to straight-stitch machines. Hemstitching and picot-edging were introduced in 1934 and were a must-have accessory for the home sewing enthusiast.
So how does it work? Let's take a look...
I'll be honest here. I've experimented with a lot of vintage machines and accessories and this one nearly had me stumped. Bottom line? You're going to need the instruction manual AND be prepared to do a lot of experimenting to get the top and bottom tension exactly right. If you don't have everything just right you'll have intermittent dropped stitches that make for a really mess.
After quite a bit of trial and error here are my key lessons learned:
There are additional adjustments for needle position and stitch width described in the instruction booklet, but I was able to achieve good results without changing those.
And the results are well worth worth the effort if you're looking for a unique finish for garments or linens.
So if you've got one of these nifty gadgets lurking in your sewing drawer, why not give it a try?
OldSewinGear...dedicated to helping you get the most out of your old sewing gear.
4/18/2021 03:47:13 pm
I am looking for someone who can machine henstitch some pillow cases for me to thread crochet onto. Do you know of anyone?
1/6/2022 04:45:28 pm
Great article! Very helpful. I have a singer 201-2 and the hemstitcher, I was having some trouble them realized I am missing the rubber pads that contact with the fabric! Any ideas for how to replace these? I was thinking heat shrink insulation? Did you have to replace yours? Thanks for your help!
3/15/2022 11:16:18 am
Meg, all you need is some heatshrink tubing, cut to fit and use heat to shrink it. Works great.
3/15/2022 04:54:57 pm
Thank you for your reply! I'm going to try it
5/16/2022 06:00:36 pm
Do you know if there is a hemstitcher and picot attachment for the Singer 301a?
12/8/2022 02:33:45 pm
No, this attachment only came in a low shank version, and the 301 of course is slant shank. I always wished they'd made an updated version for slant shank and/or zigzag machines.
8/14/2022 12:35:11 pm
I am trying to use this attachment but it keeps dropping the stitches on the zig zag part. I see you suggest turning the feed regulator to neutral, how do you do that?
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