Top Tips On How To Sew Blind Hems
A blind hem is a hem that you cannot see from the outside. I know it sounds like something complicated but actually, it is quite easy once you have got the hang of it. I always say that sewing blind hems are like learning to use chopsticks. After some time struggling, you suddenly realize you are able to breeze through it.
I have specific figures in this example to show you clearly what you have to do. In practice, feel free to replace yours with what I provide here to suit your situation.
Let’s assume that we have a 2” hem to work with.
All you need is a blind hem foot. I know many machines that have this foot as standard. I have a 9mm blind hem foot, yours might look different but they do the same thing. If you are curious about which sewing machines have these feet with them, I found mine after reading this article on tips for choosing a good sewing machine for beginners
to sew clothes. You might want to check it out.
The first thing you want to do is to fold ¾” in and then fold again in the same direction an additional 1 ¼”. The second time you roll you will create a nice-looking folded edge.
Now press the hem to keep it in place.
Next, pin the hem so that the tops points away from the edge of the hem.
It’s time to take the project to your sewing machine. Make sure you place it wrong side up so that you can see clearly the hem you just pinned.
Replace your regular presser foot with the blind hem foot and set your machine to sew blind hem stitches. If you are not sure on how to do this, refer to your manual for more information and instruction.
Now put the hem on the machine bed with the tops of the pins pointing away from the foot.
Fold the hem under the fabric so that ¼” of the hem sticks out. If you do it right, the tops of the pins will now face the foot.
The foot that goes with my easy to use sewing machine for beginners
has a black part in the middle called a flange. It is there to be a guide for sewists. If you also have one, line the edge of the hem with it.
Adjust the position of the fabric until the flange is right on the folded edge.
When you sew, the needle will be on the ¼” hem that we left sticking out earlier. Sew slowly to make sure that the needle does not go off course or catch too much of the main fabric.
Keep sewing until you reach the desired length.
The bulk of the fabric should be on the hem edge. Ideally, it will catch the fabric after every three stitches.
You see, blind hem sounds tricky but it is actually quite easy to make, all you need are a cheap sewing machines for beginners
and a blind hem foot to start.