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How to sew a blind hem
The blind hem is a great alternative to hemming a garment using topstitching. Once you get the hand of it, the stitches are nearly invisible on the outside of the hem!

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  • How to hem . Blind Hem - Step 1
    Step 1

    Finish the raw edge of your hem using a zig-zag stitch or serger. Fold the hem up the desired length and press.

  • How to hem . Blind Hem - Step 2
    Step 2

    This is the origami part of the tutorial: take the folded edge and fold it under the garment, towards the right side. Leave about 1/4" of the finished edge sticking out from under the fold you just made.

  • How to hem . Blind Hem - Step 3
    Step 3

    From the wrong side, you should now be able to see a folded edge, and 1/4" of the top of the hemp peaking out from underneath the fold. press.

  • How to hem . Blind Hem - Step 4
    Step 4

    Now, find your machine's blend hem stitch. The stitch is composed of both zig-zag stitches and straight stitches.

  • How to hem . Blind Hem - Step 5
    Step 5

    Position your folded hem in your machine so that only the very point of the zig-zag stitch falls on the folded edge on the left. The straight stitches should fall only on the single layer on the right.

  • How to hem . Blind Hem - Step 6
    Step 6

    Stitch the hem using the blind hem stitch so that only the very point of the zig-zag stitch catches the folded edge, and the straight stitches remain on the single edge on the right. Be careful: sew too close to the folded edge and your seam will not open all the way; sew too far from the folded edge and your zig-zag stitches will not catch the folded edge. This takes some practice, and is what can make the blind hem a bit tricky.

  • How to hem . Blind Hem - Step 7
    Step 7

    Turning the garment to the right side, unfold the second fold. You should only see little tick marks of stitching on the right side (the tips of the zig-zag stitches). If using a matching thread, these tick marks should be nearly invisible.

  • How to hem . Blind Hem - Step 8
    Step 8

    Press the hem flat so that there are no puckers or creases, and you're done!

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Steph.
Steph. · Reading, England, GB · 212 projects
I've been trying to learn this for ages! Thanks for making this so simple to follow Happy
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