Blind hem foot: How to sew an invisible hem with a sewing machine
Is there a quick and easy way to make a professionally looking invisible hem on the clothes you sew? Of course, there is – special “blind stitch” presser feet have been developed. There are a few types of them as you can see in the image below.
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These presser feet allow you to make almost invisible hems: they create barely noticeable tiny stitches on the front of the item that cover only a few threads from the fabric structure.
There were times when the invisible hem could only be done by hand. But this is currently not the case. A special foot allows you to make an invisible hem with many types of fabric. And if you use an invisible thread as the upper thread, then the blind hem will be even more difficult to detect.
This kind of hem finishing is suitable for straight hems mostly and also for only slightly flared hems. If you would like to learn how to sew a curved hem check out my tutorial on sewing round hems.
Let me show you how to use these blind stitch presser feet.
I have to warn you that this would not work well immediately without practice so make a test sample first on scrap fabric.
First, I will show you how to hem woven medium weight fabric (that is good for skirts, pants and dresses) and stable medium weight knits (that are not very stretchy). And after that I will explain how to hem heavyweight fabric (like coat fabric for example).
This method doesn’t work for very lightweight fabric (like silk chiffon for example), if you need to hem lightweight fabric check out this tutorial “Narrow hem tutorial: how to make a narrow hem using Ban Roll”
It doesn’t work for very stretchy fabric also.
Also, use strong good-quality threads so you’ll never have a hem come out because of a broken thread.
Mark the fabric for sewing blind hem
The first step is to mark the area of the hem. Use chalk to mark the fabric. I am going to use a disappearing ink pen for you to see better but I don’t recommend ironing over these pen’s marks because the iron can set them permanently.
The main thing is to fold the fabric for stitching properly, and from the beginning it seems like a puzzle. So read carefully and check the images.
Measure 1.5 cm (⅝ in) from the edge and draw a line.
Draw 2 more lines : one is above the first at the distance of 6 mm (¼ in) and the other is above the first 3 cm (about 1 1/4 in). This last line indicates the desired edge of the hem (where your hem will end when sewn).
Fold the fabric preparing it for blindstitching
Fold the fabric along the first line and press (we need to smooth the fold with an iron).
Fold the fabric along the upper line and pin the fold (but don’t press with an iron yet).
Insert a blind hem foot and make the blind stitch
Insert a blind stitch foot and set a blind hem stitch. They are only 2 types of stitches for the blind hem: one is with straight stitches (for woven fabric) and the other is with zigzag stitches (for stable knits). You can see that the blind stitch is a combination of straight/small zigzag stitches alternating with a wide zigzag stitch every 4 stitches.
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Finish the blind hem
Ok, here is the result. As you can see, the stitching line on the front is completely invisible, even if I tried to use thread in contrasting color. This hem finish is very durable and I doubt it would ever come undone if you used good-quality threads.
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Janome Top-Load - Blind Hem Foot
- The Blind Hem Foot goes a long way in helping to improve the sometimes tricky Blind hem stitch.
- The metal guides in the center of the foot and the 3 grooves on the underside keep the fabric snugly fit against the foot for accuracy and help to prevent unnecessary slipping.
- The needle swings over the metal guide creating slack in the upper tension so that the pick of the stitch is almost invisible.
Singer Adjustable Blindhem Foot 006904008
- Looking for a quick, easy way to make your hems invisible? This foot was designed specifically for easily stitching a blind stitch and includes an adjustable guide for accuracy. You can also use this foot for quick edge stitching along fabric edges.
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- Made in Taiwan High Quality Premium Sewing Presser Feet From DreamStitch. For Low Shank Sewing machines. Part No.X56409001. ALT:BLG-BSF, X56409051, X56409-001, XC4051031, XC4051051, XC4051-051, XE2650001.Finish your hems professionally with the easy-to-use Blind Hem foot. This foot creates the same invisible hem seen on ready-made dress pants, skirts, dresses, and even curtains. Simply install the foot, switch to a blind hem stitch, and line up your fold with the white guide bar.
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DREAMSTITCH 200130006, F018N 5mm Metal Blind Hem Presser Foot For Bernina,Brother,Janome,Alphasew,Babylock,Bernina,Elna,Janome,Juki,Kenmore,Simplicity,Singer,Viking,White and More Sewing Machine 7308M
- Made in Taiwan High Quality Premium Sewing Presser Feet From DreamStitch.200130006, F018N.Adjustable for creating blind hems on a variety of fabrics. While designed for blind stitching, the foot works well for edge stitching, lace and fabric edge joining.Brother Blind Hem Stitch Foot fit 5mm.
- Fit Brother : 150 Campus,B346,B349,B351,B352,BM-2600, BM-3500,BS-2400,BS-2420,BS-2430,BS-2410,BS-2440,BS-2450,BS-2451,BS-2452, BS-2453,GA-15,JS-2130,JS-23,L25,L30,LS-1217,LS-1520,LS-1717,LS-1717B,LS-1717P, LS-2000,LS-2020,LS-2020P,LS-2125,LS-2125B,LS-2125i,LS-2129,LS-2150,LS-2160, LS-2220,LS-2320,LS-2725,LS-2820,LS-2920,LS-30,LS-3125,LS-3125E,LS-590,LS-1817, LS-2130,LS-2250PRW,LS-2300PRW,LS-2350,LS-2400,LS-2720,LS-2825,LX-1700 LX-3125,LX-3125E,LX-2375,NX-400,NX-600,NX-200,P-1000
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HONEYSEW 7308A Sewing Machine Snap On Matic Blindhem Presser Foot 5011-7
- Perfect for edge stitching, attaching lace and fabric edge joining. This is a great foot for both embellishing and utility use
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Blind hem foot troubleshooting
Practice on scrap (but it should be the same fabric as your project for which you want to make an invisible hem).
If the stitches are visible on the front side – the needle didn’t catch one thread of fabric, but much more because the needle went too far to the left. Reposition the fabric or decrease the stitch width so the needle doesn’t go too much to the left.
If the hem is not fixed at all, the needle in the left position didn’t go to the fabric at all. Try to hold the fabric fold right next to the presser foot guide or increase the stitch width so the needle goes to the left more.
In order for the stitching threads to be invisible, it’s necessary to sew the stitches with thin threads matching in color with the color of the fabric.
Sometimes it may happen that your machine skipped a few stitches. In this case, you will have to rip the stitches and make the seam again.
Press the resulting invisible hem with a steam iron, because often a small crease may form at the right side of the item.
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Now let me show you how to blindhem thick fabric (like coat fabric for example). But I am going to use the same sample fabric because for medium weight fabric both methods are good.
I am going to use a different type of blind stitch feet. This one:
1) The first step is to finish the raw edge of the hem with a serger. Or you can do it with special stitches and presser feet on a regular sewing machine (if you don’t have a serger check out my tutorial on overcasting stitches with a home sewing machine).
2) The next step is to mark the area of the hem. Use a chalk to mark the fabric. I am going to use a disappearing ink pen for you to see better but I don’t recommend ironing over these pen’s marks because the iron can set them permanently.
Measure 6 mm (¼ in) from the finished fabric edge and draw a line.
4) Fold the fabric along the second line and pin the fold (but don’t press with an iron yet).
Baste the fabric along the other line (which is 6 mm (¼ in) from the finished edge). Fold the fabric along the basting so the wrong side is facing up like you see in the image below. You can see that the hem’s edge is sticking out.
Move the needle in the most left position and lower the needle so that it slightly catches the fold of the fabric. Turn the presser foot guide screw and adjust it along the fold.
Place the prepared fabric with the edge of the folded hem against the guide of the foot and lower the foot. The white guide of the foot should go straight along the fold.
I also have sewing tutorials about other interesting presser feet I use almost daily. Check them out below.
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