How To Sew A Blind Hem Stitch
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Posted: Thursday, December 29, 2005
by Jennifer Thoden
Thoden Publications LLC
A blind stitch is a terrific stitch to learn for hemming just about anything... when you don't want stitching to show through on the face of your fabric.
A blind hem stitch consists of 3 straight stitches in a row and then one zig-zag stitch. The idea is to have the straight stitch on the folded material of the hem and the zig-zag just catch a few threads of the main panel of fabric. When you turn your piece right sound out, you will barely see small tacking that is holding your bottom hem in place.
The one thing I want to say about this stitch is practice before you use this technique on your projects. The thicker your material... the trickier this stitch is... so practice... and worse case scenario you hand stitch the hem or straight stitch it.
You will need a blind hem presser foot, also known as blind stitch foot for your sewing machine AND a blind hem stitch on your machine.
1. Lay your fabric with the folded hem facing up with the outer folded edge of the hem pointing toward your sewing machine.
2. Fold the pinned bottom hem under the fabric.
3. Leave ¼" of the folded hem peaking out from under the fabric. So... you will have your fabric panel laying right side down, with the folded hem folded under the panel... leaving only 1/4" showing from under the panel.
4. Slide the fabric under your presser foot with the folded edge of the fabric panel against the flat vertical bar of the presser foot... the ¼" piece of the hem that is peeking out from under the panel is under the needle.
5. The needle should stitch the straight stitch in the ¼" of the hem and swing to the left to catch the folded edge of the fabric on the zig-zag. If this is done correctly you will only see tiny vertical stitches across your hem on the front of your shade.
Practice this stitch on similar fabric and thickness to make sure your zig-zag is not too wide... this will cause a larger vertical stitch on the front of your shade... which you don’t want.
Mastering this stitch will take your projects to the next level. It's the next best thing to an industrial hemmer. Most of us can't afford a hemmer, but you can very similar effects with the blind hem stitch.
So, practice, practice, practice... and use if it for all hems including your side hems.
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» left by Estelle Eccles from Seattle, WA 5 years 184 days ago.
VERY easy-to-understand instructions even for an inexperienced sewer such as me. Thanks so much!
» left by Anonymous 5 years 156 days ago.
Thanks! VERY useful information!!! I didn't know anything about how to do a blind hem, and now I know! My machine doesn't have a blind hem stitch setting (it's an el-cheapo), but I'm glad that I know not to bother wasting my time trying to do one on it!!! Thanks!
» left by Anonymous 5 years 143 days ago.
Very Helpful for a beginner!
» left by Sue Jones from Limassol, Cyprus 5 years 139 days ago.
So glad I found your site and to know other sewers have difficulty with Blind Hemming. Your instructions & foto's have really helped me grasp what I should be doing. Many Thanks
» left by Sam from FL 5 years 82 days ago.
Thank you! It seems like every time I try to hem my son's pants I get confused which goes what way. Thank you for the uncomplicated instructions. I'll remember next time.
» left by diane from ca 4 years 330 days ago.
Can you do this WITHOUT the special blind presser foot? (I don't have that attachment). Thanks, D
» left by Judith Metcalf from Indiana, USA 4 years 328 days ago.
This is a great article but I have a question. Do you know anything about machines that are just for blind hemming. I am sooo far behind on things of my own to hem and when I retire I was thinking of getting a blind hemmer machine and doing some sewing at home. Thank you.
» left by Neroli Henderson from melbourne, australia 4 years 322 days ago.
Thank you so much!! I've been trying to work out the photographic 'instructions' in my pfaff manual for months and just given up and done an ordinary hem! Your instructions were easy to follow, thanks again! (now i'm going off to keep some dress pants looking dressy!!!)
» left by Anonymous 4 years 262 days ago.
Thank you so much!!! I am a complete amateur and this stitch had me stumped, but your article was so clear I got the hem right the very first time!
» left by kal ezekiel yanga from manila 2 years 165 days ago.