Sewing A Blind Hem!

Sewing A Blind Hem!

I'm back to hemming this week. A blind hem is a great way for hemming a straight edged hem as it's nice and quick. It's a particularly good option if you hate hemming by hand! 

Here's how I like to sew a blind hem.

1. Start by overlocking the bottom of your garment. Then press your hem up, I used a Clover Hot Hemmer to do this, which makes the job easier, but isn't essential. To complete a blind hem you need a fairly large hem, around 4cm works well.

 2. Then fold your hem upwards under the main fabric, but leave the overlocking stitch poking out, as shown in the photos below.

 You want the fold of the hem to be lined up with the overlocking.

4. I like to put a few pins in to hold everything in place.

5. This stitch works best used in conjunction with a blind hem foot (you'll see mine in the photo further down). Set your machine to a blind hem stitch. I prefer to reduce the 'point' slightly so it looks less pointy (not all machines will do this).

 

Now with a reduced point.

 

6. Start by practising the stitch on some scrap fabric. You are going to place the fold of the fabric up against the marker on the foot. My marker is red in the image below.

The straight part of the stitch goes where the overlocking is (not on the main part of the garment) and the triangular/pointy part of the stitch just catches the fold. This does take a bit of practice.

8. Unfold the hem and give it a good press. You should only just be able to see your stitches. Some fabrics are better than others as hiding the 'catch stitch' on the right side of the garment.  

 

And from the right side of the garment. 

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