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. In this video, Nicki LaFoille shows you how to accomplish this.
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.
Thank you, I’ve just learnt something and doing alterations this is going to speed up my process and save my hands :). I do agree the camera angle would have been better from the other side and contrasting thread, but still a great skill to learn thanks.
What is the white plastic with a thumb screw for?
That allows you to adjust how wide of hem you sew. Tightening or loosening the screw will move the guide that you can align along the edge of the fabric.
Thank goodness I wasn’t a complete beginner watching this video – the instructor did not even tell you which stitch to select on your machine!
Too bad that the video does not show the work of the needle, nor the adjustment of the foot, which is essential for the use of this foot. I don’t think this video can help someone who does not know this technique.
great video…learned something new today. What “Brother” model are you using in this video?
Yes, it’s the CS6000i.
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Just as the camera is angled to show hand stitching the camera should be angled at the front of the machine so the needle can be seen as it sews. Fortunately I am not a beginner so I know what the machine is doing but for a novice not seeing the needle stitching is not helpful. Thank you.
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I think a solid color fabric with contrasting thread would show the stitching more – a little hard to see with the printed fabric.
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