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Posted on: 3/11/09 8:47 AM
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I tried unsuccessly to hem a slinky knit using the coverhem on my serger. I couldn't avoid skipped stitches. I stopped sewing to go to the grocery store and on the way it dawned on me - "Why didn't you try your blindstitch machine?" (I have a Rex model RX-518. I've just had it a few months.) As soon as I got home I ripped out the coverhem. I put matching thread on the blindhemmer and set it for skip stitch. In no time at all I had a PERFECT hem! No stretching, no skipped stitches ... it was just right.
I know not very many of us have these machines in our sewing rooms, but I do some alterations and this was an investment I made so I could do more professional and easier hemming.
I'm so happy knowing that I can use this for more than basic pants hemming.

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Quilt2Quilt said...
Great tip - I don't have a blind hemmer, but a friend does and she would help me with the slinky knit pants I'd like to turn into capris.
3/12/09 7:11 AM
CSM--Carla said...
Yes! I use the blindhem stitch to hem all my slinky pants! Love it!
3/12/09 4:46 PM
Susan obsessive sewing said...
Hi,, I have a blind stitch machine, a chinese machine/portable and have great success with hemming curtains. But I really struggle with trousers/garments etc- and I would like to start a alterations business so know I need to get to grips with it, any tips?
3/13/09 8:56 PM
vwgrant said...
Sandy--what setting did you use? I've been running up samples on my new blind stitch machine, trying to understand the variables and haven't tried knits. Thanks!
8/2/09 8:29 PM
SandyinMO said...
I don't think I really changed any settings. Just do a practice run on a scrap and adjust the less/more dial to get it right if needed. I'm no expert!
8/4/09 8:39 AM
SewBusySewing said...
Sandy (or anyone who would know the answer to this Q)... I definitely want to try/buy a blindstitch hemmer, but there is one thing stopping me. Does the blind hem stitch on the typical sewing machine (or serger) do the same job as the blindhem machine? I have a Husqvarna Viking Designer SE and a Huskylock 936 serger...so they're good machines. I just don't like the look of the "ticks" that machine blindhemming leaves behind, despite adjusting the fabric and/or blindhem foot to minimize this. I have to alter EVERYthing because I'm very small- so the blindhemmer would get good use. So my question simply stated is: Is the blindhem machine's hem truly "invisible" from the right side of the garment, as opposed to the tick marks left behind by the blindhem function on a sewing machine or serger? I am looking at the Rex RX518 and can get it for $220 from the manufacturer in Brooklyn, NY, so it wouldn't be a huge investment. Thanks! KT
8/27/09 10:28 AM
SandyinMO said...
The hem stitch on this machine is MUCH better than you get on a regular SM or serger. On almost all fabrics you can do a hem that is truly blind on the right side. This does the hem with only one thread like you see on ready to wear pants etc. I do alterations and I didn't like the looks of the SM blind hem, so that's why I got this machine. It's not terribly hard to learn, but the instruction manual is very poorly translated from Chinese. Just play around with it awhile.
8/28/09 8:51 AM
SewBusySewing said...
Thank you for the input, Sandy! I ordered the RX 518 this morning from Artek, which I believe is the (or a) DISTRIBUTOR, not the manufacturer of REX as I said in my last post. I can't wait to play around with it! I muddled my way through serging and embroidery on my relatively new Viking machines, so I have faith that I'll be able to figure out the RX 518. I've been sewing and using machines since early childhood. Hopefully that will help! Do you use clear nylon thread in the blindhemmer.? Or thread that is specific to the machine? Or do you just use good ole' serger or SM thread? I've seen conflicting advice on this.
8/28/09 12:42 PM
SewBusySewing said...

8/28/09 12:42 PM
SandyinMO said...
I just use regular serger thread. I've never tried clear thread. Maybe I'll give that a try. I had 4 pairs of pants to hem yesterday and it goes so quickly I feel guilty charging the client. Since it's someone I know I only charged $3/pair. I'm sure you'll be able to figure out how to use the machine.
8/29/09 9:11 AM
SewBusySewing said...
Sandy...I received the blindhemmer a few days ago and WOW! You're right about how quickly it does its job! At first, I looked at the machine and wondered, 'where do I start?' (I'd never even seen one in person before). Unfortunately, the poorly 'translated from Chinese' manual is of little help. However, with some online reading and 2 YouTube videos, I was able to get nice-looking samples (using regular serger thread), in about 15 minutes after opening the box. Now I just need to figure out under what circumstances the skip stitch should be used. I already love this machine....what a time saver!! Thanks again for your help!
9/4/09 7:37 AM
 
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