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Blind Hems by Machine

Threads #202, Apr./May 2019
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Any contemporary sewing machine that can sew a zigzag stitch also offers a blind-hem option. This stitch’s pattern has three or four straight stitches, followed by one zigzag stitch. It helps you sew hems quickly and with a minimum of visible stitches. The concept is easy to understand, even for a beginner. However, getting truly polished results—smooth, nearly invisible stitching—can take some finesse.

A successful machine-sewn blind hem comprises three elements: an appropriate finish at the hem’s cut edge, a properly prepared hem allowance, and stitch settings that suit the fabric. These factors differ for every project, so you will need to test each on scrap fabric before sewing the real hem. Once you have established the settings, the actual hemming is fast to complete.

An additional factor in successful blind hemming is the presser foot you use. Most sewing machines come with a special foot…

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