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Message Board > Beginner's Forum > Is handsewing a must? ( Moderated by EleanorSews)

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Date: 7/3/13 2:52 PM

I have come to the realization that a couple of my nearly done projects are sitting because they need hems (trousers and skirt). I don't enjoy sewing by hand -- based on what little handsewing I've done in my life. e.g., finishing a baby blanket/bib/burp cloth off after turning.

I'm also intimidated by trying a blind/catch stitch on my machine.

Bleh. I probably should "just do it", right? Any resources? Tips? Suggestions??

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Date: 7/3/13 3:14 PM

If you don't mind a visible hem, or if your machine has an "invisible hem" stitch (my cheap mechanical does - and so does my serger), it doesn't have to be done by hand.

But it's probably good to know how anyway.

Oh, at least on dresses, one solution I've seen is to use a simple decorative machine stitch in either contrast or matching thread - and make it a design choice, lol.

And I have been known to use iron-on hem tape for my pants! (Shhh)

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Date: 7/3/13 3:19 PM

blind hemmer machines exist. I'm not sure how useful they would be for lining garments though.

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Date: 7/3/13 3:24 PM

I think my 1034D serger does blind hemming??? I think?

That hem tape is awesome! LOL!! I have used the thin (1/4"??) for a "narrow hem" so I don't have to fuss as much with it.

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Date: 7/3/13 3:27 PM

The blind stitch on the sm is easy to master. It sometimes takes a little tweaking but is easy enough to do. Just practice on some scrap material. I use the sm when ever possible. I will hand sew most bias hems (that is partly why I avoid that type of garment-lol). In high school home ec class I had to make a notebook with every type of hand stitch that exists. I lost the notebook many many years ago but have often used the stitches that I learned how to do. I try to avoid hand sewing if possible but sometimes it is a necessity. You should just do it.

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Date: 7/3/13 3:31 PM

I had a sewing teacher call it the dirty little secret of machine sewing. Just about every garment I've made has required at least a little hand sewing.
It's not something I look forward to either, and I've probably spent as much time trying to figure out ways to avoid it as I have doing it!
It does make a difference, though, and I think slip stitching is pretty neat in that you can pick out just 1 thread from the fabric and make a stitch that is surprisingly strong and a lot more invisible than a blind hemmer would do.
It's nice that it's more portable than machine sewing. I've taken things to work on when I know I'm going to be waiting around a while like the car wash or doctors office, and I've done it while half watching TV with the family. Once I get started, I don't mind it so much, and I like how it turns out, but I still resist the starting!

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Date: 7/3/13 3:44 PM

I do my hemming with the sewing machine and an adjustable blind hemmer foot. A bit of practice and adjusting (stitch length, stitch width and needle position) for various thicknesses of fabrics and you will not want to do it by hand, ever.

If you do not have matching thread, there are two shades of polyester "clear" thread; one clear and one darker. Look for it with the Sulky or Gutermann embroidery thread display at JoAnn.

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Date: 7/3/13 5:32 PM

It is a growth skill that will have other applications as you expand your craft.

It doesn't have to be forever and always but there is much to be learned by being hands on with your fabric. And, that same hands on experience in achieving the correct tension of the hand stitching should also translate to a better understanding of the importance of machine tension in achieving a machine blind hem - different, but still similar.

Embrace it.

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Date: 7/3/13 5:55 PM

My pet peeve with hand sewing was that my thread always got tangled up. The trick that works for me is to use a shorter length of thread and coat the thread with bee's wax. It makes all the difference in the world for me. Now I don't dread hand sewing nearly as much.

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Date: 7/3/13 7:04 PM

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It is a growth skill that will have other applications as you expand your craft....

Embrace it.

I couldn't agree more. It's tedious, for sure. But easy, portable, and gives you a tremendous sense of accomplishment when complete.
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