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Sew an infinity scarf with neat hems

Sew an infinity scarf with neat hems, with the help of Zigzag Hemmer #66.

Image of Zigzag Hemmer #66.

Zigzag Hemmer #66

Creating double-fold hems using a zigzag or decorative stitch ✓  This foot saves on work and time ✓  For hems with a width of 6 mm ✓  For medium-weight materials ✓  For 5.5 mm and 9 mm machines ✓ 

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This presser foot is a great help for neat hems. It’s the accessory of the month september 2023 in many countries. Check your local website to know if you can purchase it with a discount.

You can always need an extra scarf, don’t you? This one serves well to have coffee in my favourite castle.

Sew an infinity scarf with neat hems with hemmer foot 66 Bernina

This is a presser foot I use since many years. I used to sew the fitted sheets for the beds of the whole family since more than 20 years.

Some remarks:

  • It’s easiest to use a tightly woven fabric
  • Take no-stretch fabrics.
  • Use it along straight fabric edges
  • Exercise on a left over scrap, especially if you want to sew over seams.


I make a round scarf from a top


  • A strip of fabric, 25 cm wide and 135 to 140 cm blong.
  • Mettler sewing thread
  • A BERNINA sewing machine

In the outlet of a thrift shop, I found some shirts, made from a lovely fabric (my opinion). For the reasonable price of € 1 (like £ 0,95) per piece, I bought 3 of them. I want to transform them to scarves.

First thing to do is cut into stripes. I can cut 2 stripes out of the front panel, so I take the same size for the back panel.

Sew the seams to close the rectangles to a circle. There are 2 possibilities

1. You can overlock each seam separately and sew the seams afterwards. In this way you can iron the seams open. It gives you a less bulky seam to feed in the presser foot.

2. You can sew the seam (right sides facing) and overlock both fabric layers together. It gives you more volume to feed in the presser foot. I choose this one today.

Which method to choose? It could depend on the contrast of colour for the front and back of the fabric?


Sew the seam with hemmer foot 66.

Try both methods on a left over piece of fabric before sewing the hems of the scarf.

This is what I did:

Attach the presser foot to the machine. Set the needle position to -5 or -4.

Make the first fold manually with your fingers, before inserting in the foot. Insert this fold by handling it from right to left over the metal curl in the foot.

After sewing a few stitches, you can guide the fabric by holding it up a little. Be sure to leave enough fabric (twice the hem width) to go over the curl and make the seam.

Sew an infinity scarf with neat hems with hemmer foot 66 Bernina

Here’s a little video I made years ago to help someone who asked for information how to use this foot. It’s in Dutch,  but you will see how it works.

Let’s start the real job.

On the one side of the scarf, the seams go easily in the foot. On the other side, you will have to slow down the speed. It’s a tricky thing the presser foot could go under the seam and get stuck.

Sew an infinity scarf with neat hems with hemmer foot 66 Bernina

When the hem is finished, you take the fabric out of the foot (with needle down) and finish the rest of the hem with the presser foot on top of the fabric.

Look at these beautiful and neat hems:

Zoomvoet 66 voor een sjaal

The scarf is finished.

This was a quick project. There’s a lot more where you can use presser foot 66.

I tested it for a late summer nature walk.

Sew an infinity scarf with neat hems with hemmer foot 66 Bernina

Free sewing instructions: Infinity Scarf

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to Complete: Evening
Used Material: cotton, middleweight fabric
Used Products:
Zigzag Hemmer #66
Zigzag Hemmer #66

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