A blind hem stitch, used in combination with a blind hem foot and proper folding of the fabric can create a nice blind hem on your next project- Nicki LaFoille shows you how.
Tools and Preparation
Using a blind hem stitch on your machine can be a simple way to create a blind hem on a project, whether it’s the hem on a pair of slacks or the lower edge of a curtain. When it comes to creating a blind hem most of the work is done in the preparation of the fabric. Nicki shows how to prepare the edge to be hemmed with several folds and pins. Folding the fabric in the correct direction is very important in ensuring that the hem turns out. Nicki also shows what foot is required for this hem finish, which is a blind hem foot. This foot has a small flange on the underside that runs along the edge of one of the folds that has been created in the fabric. Using this foot helps to ensure that the blind hem stitch stays right along the edge of the fold. All blind hem feet will have some kind of flange on the underside, however they may not all look the same depending on your machine brand and model. Nicki shows two different feet, one that came standard with her machine and another that was purchased separately. Once the fabric has been prepped and the foot inserted onto the machine, Nicki shows how to use the blind hem stitch to sew the hem. She explains how the stitch is formed and how it is nearly invisible on the right side of the fabric. Whether you use a blind hem stitch and foot or other techniques for sewing blind hems, the outcome is a very professional finish.