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Video: How to Sew a Blind Hem

Learn two methods for machine-sewing a blind hem.

Evamarie Gomez and Judith Neukam

In Threads #167 (June/July 2013), Threads seamstress Norma Bucko details three ways to sew a blind hem. In this quick video tutorial, we demonstrate two of her methods: sewing a blind hem on a standard sewing machine and sewing one on a dedicated blind-hem machine. The hem is supported by stitching that is not visible on the garment’s right side. Although a blind hem takes a little more preparation than a topstitched hem, it is easier to sew.

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  1. EGJ | | #1

    This is a great video. I would love to see the same info for a curved hem though.

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    LuvThreadsMagazine | | #2

    I camp out in the Internet to be one of the first to see these videos!

    Excellent presentation of the mechanics of this stitch.

  3. Sewsumuk | | #3

    Great video, well explained and easy to follow. The follow on clip showing the industrial machine was interesting too.

  4. Lexley | | #4

    Can someone please tell me where I can find hem tape in Australia or online? I have never seen this before.......thanks

  5. normasews | | #5

    Hi Lexley. You can use hem lace, although it is not as sturdy. What I used in the video is also called seam binding. In the US, it is usually hard to find in sewing stores. I get mine at wawak.com. Search for seam binding, and you will find it in many colors, but there, you have to purchase it in 100 yard rolls, which is about 91 meters.

  6. savannagal | | #6

    Great video, and I've looked at a lot to try and figure this out. This video shows exactly what I need. My purchased pants have the seam binding on them, so this literally shows exactly what I needed to know. The only small wish I have is that your videos were posted to YouTube, so I could subscribe to them or save them in my account for future reference. It's impossible to remember all the places where I run into really helpful videos. If they were posted to YouTube it would be so simple to find them again when I need them. Thanks much.

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    KarenQuiltsTexas | | #7

    Great video. I usually skip the hem tape, and with most fabrics, do a quick 4 thread serge on the raw edge to eliminate fraying, then run a blind hem!

  8. user-1150861 | | #8

    Hi Savannagal. I too like the helpful video clips and wish that they were on YouTube. In the meanwhile you can make a Pinterest account if you don't already have one, and use the "pin it" button below the video to save the clip to your pinterest page. Pinterest is like an online bulletin board. I "pin" most of my sewing tips from different websites there and organize them on my page so that I can reference them when needed. Good luck to you.

  9. SaunWhee | | #9

    Thanks for the great tips. I've had that mini rex machine since the 80s and never realized it had a hem guage on it, I alway eyeballed the hem when using it??? I like even more now!

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  11. user-1125658 | | #11

    For LEXLEY in Australia~ I'd be HAPPY to send 'hem tape' to you from the USA if we can figure out how to contact each other


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