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Blind Hem with Sewing Machine
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Date: 2/9/14 11:02 PM

Just curious about what others think about blind hems done on a regular sewing machine.

I've tried this on some machines I've owned and fought with them the whole time, but it was easier on other machines..but no matter the machine, it always seems like there is a little bit of the stitch (thread) visible on the right side.

So what do you guys think? Is this appealing to you or at least okay or do you prefer something a little more invisible, like maybe doing it by hand and taking just a tiny little stitch?

I know there are blind hem machines just for this task. I don't have one (maybe someday), but just curious how many of you are actually using this feature on your sewing machines and if you are, how much you like the results.
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Date: 2/10/14 1:17 AM

On a beautiful fabric or dressy dress I always do it by hand. I have never had success getting a sewing machine blind stitch as lovely as hand hemming. I think it was on "It'sSewEasy" television program last Saturday that I saw a segment on hems, and saw a couple of hemming methods I now want to try.

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Date: 2/10/14 1:58 AM

I use the machine blind stitch hem on medium to thick cottons and such. Also on corduory, velvet, or any kind of plush fabric like that because it hides the stitches. But like Klunky, I will hand stitch a fine fabric or dressy garment if the test blind stitch shows. I hate it when I'm going along and thinking my blind stitch is looking good, then I turn it over and see those long stitches! You have to get the swing of the needle just right and it's not always easy. I base my decision on a test scrap first, if possible.

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Date: 2/10/14 3:26 AM

I have three categories in sewing..

Everyday clothes..need to be neat and tidy and wash well..blind hem by machine is often the option,will still hand hem if it's a fine fabric.i do test and test until I get the smallest possible bite into the fabric..

Stuff you want to keep looking amazing, I take the time to hand stitch,under stitch ,line ....hemming only done by hand with a locking stitch every 10cm,hem with a fine beading type needle and fine thread..

Costumes and things that can be dragged around by the dog, mostly overlocked not always hemmed and if it is regular machine or rolled hem will do.

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Date: 2/10/14 4:39 AM

I think it does not live up to the "Blind" part in it's name, all that very good or easy, sometimes on a lot of fabrics. Even with very thin needles, thin thread and not taking a very "deep bite" into there. But on a child's cotton dirindle skirt with lots and lots of rectangular fabric in it or something like that, particular if made of a cotton with a print on it, that might "hide" any little "bite marks", I might use it, and have before when in a hurry. Not on a nice silk dress for me though, or even a nice very expensive cotton lawn one either really, just since I think there is kind of no real good machine substitute for a nicely hand done hem instead though. So a hand needle can always do something a bit or a lot more "blind or invisible" I feel.

And since I don't mind hand hemming anything garment wise, and that is pretty quick for me, and free even, and it makes your clothes look more expensively made, I will hand hem over using it.

I do machine straight stitch some hems sometimes, also coverstitch them, or roll hem them even by machine or overlocker

But blind stitch, on a sewing machine or overlocker, not really so much at all and I'm not terribly fond of it. Doing it, or even the looks of it. Some people are though.

I also like a nice hand rolled hem in silk scarf or on the bottom of some floaty fabric in some really nice garment, even a lot more than a machine made one too though.

I would and have used it on the bottom of yards and yards of curtains or a bed dust ruffle or something like that though instead.

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Date: 2/10/14 11:05 AM

Some sewing machines seem to do a better job than others. Some blind hem feet adjust and hold the adjustment better than others. Some fabrics accept this stitch better than others.

Solution; practice with scraps of the fashion fabric first.

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Date: 2/10/14 11:26 AM

Oh, Yay with the blind hem on sewing machine!

If I had to hem everything by hand, I'd have a ton of unwearable items hanging around waiting to be hemmed.

I tend toward casual clothing, but I have used the blind hem stitch on my machine for skirts and if anyone can see my stitches, they have never mentioned it. :)

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Date: 2/10/14 12:45 PM

I do not enjoy hand sewing so I avoid it whenever possible.

I make pants mostly, for work, and my work clothes need to be functional but not fancy as they can easily get ruined. The skirt I used a blind hem on I did by machine and it was a navy moleskin so no visible stitches (after a good steaming) on the right side.

I would imagine, if I were making something formal I'd have to bite the bullet and hand sew the hem as I wouldn't trust my machine to do it "perfectly". It's an okay machine and the foot is decent.

I think half the battle is in selecting the stitch width properly and ironing it just so and feeding it perfectly. For some I guess it's less tedious to just sew it by hand!

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Date: 2/10/14 8:43 PM

Thanks everyone. I was wondering what the general consensus was.

I like the idea of hemming faster with using a machine, but I'm not sure about the little stitch that shows on the right side. I'll probably buy a blind hem machine (eventually) and just decide garment by garment whether to hem by machine or by hand.

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Date: 2/10/14 9:10 PM

I'm not averse to hand-sewing, but I get great results with the #5 blind hem foot on my Berninas. You can tweak the width to get the size "bite" you need.

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