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Sew Invisibly

WandaJ | Posted in General Sewing Info on

This weekend I read a few Vogue Patterns that I picked up at the local Hancock Fabric Store that were on sale at 75%. In all of these patterns were the instructions, “…sew invisibly.”

What type of stitch results in ‘…sew invisibly…?’

As always I look forward to and appreciate your responses.



  1. Cherrypops | | #1

    Hi Wanda, My understanding of 'sew invisibly' is where the stitch does not show on the right side of fabric. I just hemmed trousers, 'blind hem' by hand because I thought I had a blind hem machine foot but I did not. Hemming Stitch is another 'invisible' and Slipstitch is another handstitch 'nearly invisible'. CherryPops

    1. WandaJ | | #2

      Thanks for your very prompt response. The photos/illustrations did not look like the slipstitch. I will go back and look a more closely.

      1. Cherrypops | | #3

        You are welcome. let me know what stitch it is ...CherryPops

  2. JanF | | #4

    By "sew invisibly" - did it mean sew up a hem invisibly?
    You could attach the hem to a lining which hung short of the actual outside fabric - thus turning hem up "invisibly" - or use slip hemming by hand - just see small catch stitch going from one side to other
    -or a form of ladder stitch - sewing first in one side of a folded edge(running needle along inside of fold) and then going across to other folded edge and doing the same? this only works if joining 2 folds (sometimes used to transfer seam markings on a toille if u have got the fitting done on a model ist from the right side?)
    I'm aware this might not make sense - I know what I mean, but possibly not explaining very well!
    try googleing it?

  3. surya | | #5

    I did a Vogue men's jacket once and there were two places where they requested I sew invisibly. With the pattern I did it was for attaching the sew in interfacing. Since it took extra time, the next time I did the jacket, I used fusible instead and it went a lot faster and I got lots of compliments on the jacket. However you do it you just have to make sure you pick up no more than one or two threads per stitch on the outer fabric as you sew. But it's like the one respondent said, like a ladder stitch, except you just pick up the one thread on the garment side. If you have to sew down the middle of an interfacing panel, like with a cuff, just fold the interfacing back to the stitching line before making your invisible stitch, that way you have a fold to work off of.

  4. tzipi | | #6

    This is a side commnet/question:  I live abroad but will visiting US soon. Is Hancock Fabric stores nationwide? Does anyone know if there is one in Philadelphia? Is it a good store and how does it compare to Joannes?


    Thanks Tzipi

    1. MaryinColorado | | #7

      Hancocks has been nationwide but has been closing several stores.  I prefer Hancocks for thier excellent customer service, efficiency, and here they seem to have a better selection of natural fiber fabrics. 

      Enjoy your trip!  Mary

    2. Teaf5 | | #8

      In California, we often have Hancocks and Joanne's in the same area. The Joannes always have nearly identical stock, while the Hancocks vary greatly from store to store. That is, if it's in one Joanne's, it's in all of them, and if one doesn't have it, none do. Hancocks has a seasonal set of fabrics in all their stores, and then they have many, many bolts that are unique to that store.When I'm looking for something distinctive or obscure, I always check Hancocks. Last year, I was looking for white eyelet fabric and found none at Joanne's and a complete selection at one of the two Hancocks nearby. One of those has a lot of silk & linen, while the other has mostly synthetics, and both had unadvertised specials that appealed to me.Don't see how you can go wrong visiting a fabric store while on vacation, no matter what!

    3. jatman | | #9

      Hi tzipi!  If you go to hancockfabrics.com and look under store locator, you should be able to see if there is one close to where you will be visiting.  Enjoy your trip to the US and the cheaper prices!



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