Time for another Brother Sews Quick Tip!
The Shell Tuck Edge Stitch on your Brother machine is ideal for hemming light weight fabrics with a narrow hem and an added touch of heirloom elegance! This stitch looks somewhat ordinary on the screen of your machine but it’s quite beautiful when you see it on a finished piece of fabric. Note that this stitch works best on lightweight soft fabrics. It is particularly lovely when stitched on a fabric edge cut on the bias.
- Set up your machine for ordinary sewing, using good quality sewing thread to match fabric. Select the Shell Tuck Edge stitch in your machine.
- To form the shell tuck begin by pressing under a double turned ¼” hem. Stitch the hem slowly, starting with the fabric fully inserted under the foot. Stitch so that the right hand “swing” of the needle skips over the folded edge, catching the hem and forming a scalloped effect. Practice on scraps of fabric before sewing on your actual project. See Figure #1.
I used this stitch to hem the vintage style slip in the photo below. Next time you need a narrow hem on lightweight fabric I encourage you to give this technique a try!