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Help me remember a technique for hand-sewing a blind & rolled hem
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Date: 2/3/12 1:23 PM

Hi all,
A few years ago I came across a lovely book on garment construction from the first half of the 20th century. I came across a nifty trick for hand sewing a blind AND rolled hem on lightweight fabrics. I photocopied the page and now that I actually need the instructions, I can't find them!

I recall that you first did a line of stay-stitching with the machine, then followed a complex little pattern of stitches that, when pulled tight, would magically "roll" the hem closed. The diagram showed you where stitch A entered, then moving to B, C, D, etc. It was quite complicated, but looked lovely in the end. I just can't remember what the order of operations was! All I know is that you ended up with a blind hem without having to do any fiddly business rolling or folding the fabric.

Does this sound crazy? Do you have any idea of what I'm talking about? I would just love to do this hem without rolling the fabric with my thumbs (I am quite terrible at it).

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Date: 2/4/12 6:05 AM

Is it on this page about 3/4 of the way down?
Hand sew a narrow rolled hem

OK - I can't get the link to work. Try this:
www.ca.uky.edu/hes/fcs/FACTSHTS/CT-MMB-179.pdf
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Date: 2/4/12 8:11 AM

This is probably more of a traditional hand-rolled hem than you're looking for, but it's a great explanation.

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Date: 2/4/12 11:08 AM

That's not quite the stitch, but it actually looks simpler than the one I remembered. I'm going to try it. Thanks!

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