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Posted on: 12/15/10 10:21 PM
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By default I have always hemmed knits with a double needle, but today I tried something different. Instead, I blindstitched. Not a new technique, but it was something I had never considered doing with a knit, so I thought I would pass it along. Some machines do have a stretch blindstitch, mine does not, but the hems seem to have enough give.

Here is what I did:
1. Interfaced the hems of my top (lightweight wool knit) on the bottom and sleeves with a lightweight knit interfacing.
2. Pressed up the hems.
3. If you want to really control possible slippage, at this step handbaste the hem in place.
3. Blindstitch as usual.

It created this lovely hem for my top, which is a dressy cowl knit t, and it was a very little fuss hem.


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sharonharris1 said... (9/27/11 10:15 PM) Reply
will try it next time.I sew a lot of knits
KHinson said... (9/23/11 8:51 AM) Reply
Did you use a fusible interfacing?
ChristinePDX said... (12/31/10 9:15 AM) Reply
elizajo, that is so funny, I also sew on an old Bernina 830 with their blindstitch foot!
elizajo said... (12/30/10 3:21 PM) Reply
For those of us without coverstitch machines, this method gives a great looking hem on knit clothing. The blind hem foot on my old Bernina 830 gives a very precise stitch. On knits, I experiment with scraps to find the best combo of stitch length and upper tension for the fabric to maintain stretch. Once, on a stretchy knit I resorted to the longest, loosest stitch possible and sewed the hem around two times so that it would hold, but still stretch. The knit tricot interfacing applied to a hem of 1- 1.5" is essential.
Michele Lommasson said... (12/16/10 6:40 PM) Reply
A very useful approach to hemming with knits. I've also used a plain old zig-zag and my blind stitch foot. Works well too.
kws said... (12/16/10 12:58 PM) Reply
great idea for knits
Laurie Lou said... (12/16/10 12:56 PM) Reply
You are absolutely right. I recently gave this a try and was very pleased with the results. I did it on the bottom of a tunic and the hem is not noticeable at all. Thanks for sending this tip in.
 
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