A professional finish to any sewing machine project requires a good hem. It stops the knit fabric from rolling up, can add a pop of colour if a contrasting thread is used and gives the garment a defined outline. A useful sewing machine that can be utilised for a variety of functions (such as hemming a garment) is essential for your successful sewing machine projects. The Empisal Dressmaker 120A would be ideally suited to all your needs. So, all you need to professionally hem a garment is the Empisal Dressmaker 120A, and coupled with his guide, you will be hemming garments like a professional in no time!

The Zig-Zag Stitch

This is one of the simplest stitches one can add to any garment. The zig-zag stitch setting is available on any affordable sewing machine. All you need to do is press the seam allowance and use your sewing machine to stitch a narrow zig-zag. The only care that must be taken is that one should keep the fabric from stretching as this will cause the seam to become wavy.

The Rolled Hem

An extremely aesthetic way of finishing a garment, the rolled hem does need more sewing equipment. Specifically, a serger (also known as overlockers, like the Empisal Overlocker EOL4D). However, with a serger, a rolled hem becomes a very easy and very professional looking hem. Set the serger to the rolled hem position and choose a very short stitch. The stitch tends to be quite tight, so adjust the differential feed towards the neutral setting. If you choose to use a contrasting thread, the hem can add a great pop of colour to the garment.

Knit Binding

Great for accentuating the end of a piece, like a neckline or the end of a sleeve, a knit binding adds a certain class to your garment. Use a band of fabric that is just over 3 times the width of the desired finished band and about 75% of the length of the raw edge. Attach the binding to the raw edge using a zig-zag stitch, stretching it as you go. Press the seam allowances towards the binding, then wrap the finished edge of the binding to the inside, covering the previous stitching and edge-stitch it. Trim the excess fabric for a neat finish.


For over 35 years, Empisal has been supplying sewing equipment to Southern Africa that caters to every sewing project need. From overlockers to a steam press, we have it all. For the right sewing machine for your sewing machine project, contact us today.