After finishing my other project, I went back and tried the Rolled Hem again, with right needle fully in place. This time I had much, much better results. So, it's with much more confidence and a tiny bit of overinflated sense of self accomplishment I present to you...
Serger Saturday: Rolled Hem
I have a Brother 1034D Serger, and here's how you do a Rolled Hem on it. I'd imagine other 3/4 thread sergers would be similar, but refer to your manual.
Start by removing the left needle. Helpful Hint: make sure the right needle doesn't slip out a little when doing so. Just to be sure, I'd recommend pushing it back up in place. You know, just in case.
Take all your threads and pull to back of machine
You're going to need to remove the stitch finger next. I tried to get a picture of the stitch finger in it's place, and doing it's job. But it didn't really turn out. I offer it to you anyway. It's somewhere in there.
I know, my machine is crazy linty. I need some canned air something fierce.
Release the stitch finger by pushing on the little button and simply pulling it out.
Store stitch finger in it's special slot in front cover, or somewhere safe. I was actually super excited to figure out what those little clips were for. Me=nerd.
Here I tried to get a shot of the needle area without the stitch finger in place
Set your stitch width and lengths to Rolled Hem setting ("R" on my machine)
You're most likely going to need to mess with the tension to get it right, but basically the breakdown is:
right needle: 4
lower looper: 1-4
upper looper: 5-7
I immediately put my Rolled Hem skills to work. I had purchased a bunch of terry cloth in order to make hand towels for humanitarian relief kits. The demensions of the towels are pretty specific: 15*25, so you either have to buy regular towels and shorten them, or buy fabric and make your own. With a coupon and a 45" width of fabric, you can save $$ by making your own, so you can donate more finished items.
Because the terry frays easily, I wanted to do the Rolled Hem to check that.
So, for less than $10 I went from having this
Uh, did you see those edges?
Also, if you thought my serger needed cleaning before, check this out
Shopping list for week:
-lint roller (on account of this)
Now go roll some hems. Good times, good times.