Thursday, April 21, 2011

How to Blind Stitch with your Machine

Tailoring Thursdays™, Tips, Tricks and Techniques for Sewers

Blind Stitch Hem with a Machine

You would not believe the number of people who do not realize that their every day machine can do a blind stitch.  Here is what the stitch looks like on 3 different machines:

Stitch, C, is the blind hem stitch on this machine

Stitch, 5, is the blind hem stitch on this machine

Some machines have a different blind hem stitch for stretchy materials.  The best way to tell which stitch to use for a blind hem stitch on your machine is to refer to your sewing machine's user manual. 

Please note** It can be difficult to see how to do a blind hem on clothing because seeing the right and wrong side of apparel fabric can be difficult.  To keep the photos and instructions clear, I chose to do this tutorial with a piece of quilter's cotton. 

For all pictures, I used non-matching thread to help highlight the steps in the photos.  For a professional look on your items, you should use colors that match your fabric.

1.  Finish the seam of your material first.  You can use a serger or a zig-zag stitch.

2.  Using a matching thread (white thread in this photo) create guide line by stitching the blind stitch along hte seam just like a straight stitch. 

This will let you see where the stitches will land.  It is the key to getting a beautiful and accurate blind hem machine stitch. 

3.  Fold up the hem the proper amount, I recommend doing a 1" blind hem.  Press.

4.  Fold again so that the fold of the fabric just touches the tops of the practice blind hem stitches.


5.  Line up the needle with practice stitch.  This will give you a good amount of accuracy for the needle to just grab one thread from the second fold. 

Stitch on top of the guide line made in step 2. 

As you can see the straight stitches of the guild line and the official stitch fall on top of one another.  The triangular part most likely will not.

6.  Unfold and Press.

See how the back lays flat after pressing?

Here are the points where the blind stitch is attached and the small opening where it is only the straight stitch on the edge of the seam. 

And here is the front.  You can click on the picture to zoom in and see the hem and no stitches. 

Now go practice!  Knowing how to do a blind hem is a great tool for a sewist! And knowing how to do a "seamless" blind hem on your machine is a like being a sewing super hero! ;) 


Lindsay said...

I knew my machine could do a blind hem, but I didn't know what to do. Thanks for the tutorial!

RenegadeQuilter said...

Thanks for sharing! I always wanted to know a better way to do it.

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