OK, so my video skills leave a lot to be desired.  Still, if you’re interested in using your serger to create a rolled hem for napkins, I hope this will help.

In a nutshell, here are the steps you should follow.

  1. Cut your fabric square and true using a rotary cutter.  (Don’t prewash.  See our guide for some suggested sizes.)
  2. Using a water soluble pen or pencil, draw a line 1/4″ in on all four edges (right side up.)
  3. Set your serger up for a rolled hem.  Make sure the cutting blade is lowered.  Set your upper looper thread to a low tension, the lower looper thread to a high tension, and your needle thread somewhere in the middle.  (Practice on scrap cloth until you have the look you want.)
  4. Cut the tails off after you’ve sewn each side.
  5. When you’re done with all four edges, put a dab of liquid fray stop or fabric glue on each corner and trim any remaining theads.  EDITED TO ADD:  DON”T USE THE FABRIC GLUE I USE IN THE TUTORIAL!  Fray Check will definitely work better.  The glue picked up lint and ended up looking dirty on the corners.
  6. Wash, dry and iron!

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