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Posted on: 10/12/03 4:18 PM
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As I was finishing up a top in a space-dyed knit today I realized that this tip has never been brought up here on PR. Did you know that a blindstitch machine (such as the Tac-Sew T-500) makes a great, stretchy hem on knits? I know we always focus on using a zigzag, double-needle or coverstitch but sometimes a particular fabric needs an invisible hem. Doing it by hand often results in thread breakage and so isn't too practical. I use a fine needle, serger thread and set the machine to no-skip.

My friend Sharon even uses her blindstitch to finish necklines on knits for a neat, invisible finish without a bulky facing.

Additionally, I know that some conventional machines have a stretch blind hem (done with two different widths of zigzag) which is also great to use if you don't happen to have a blindstitch machine.

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Msews2 said... (2/5/07 10:56 AM) Reply
Gigi--Thank you for the neckline tip! (I only wish I'd seen it before completing the facings on a knit dress). I have the conventional machine with a stretch blind hem option, so I'm going to try it on my next knit project.
cecelia said... (6/7/06 12:31 PM) Reply
This stitch is so simple when you get it down, but it took me a while to figure it out with the instructions I had. Thanks!
Tessa said... (11/26/03 9:10 AM) Reply
Thanks, it's clear now!
Gigi Louis said... (11/21/03 1:16 PM) Reply
Tessa, I usually turn in a little more than that - a fat 3/8". It's a little easier to work with that way and you don't have to worry about the serging showing at the edge.
Tessa said... (11/21/03 10:55 AM) Reply
Thanks, Gigi. Just to make sure I've got it, you just turn under the quarter inch or so that's serged, making a very narrow hem? Is that right?
Gigi Louis said... (11/21/03 9:29 AM) Reply
Tessa, you would serge-finish the raw edge and turn it in once. Sharon and I both agree that it's much easier to do a quick machine-baste so that the narrow little hem doesn't scoot around. Then you would blindstitch all around and finally removing the basting.
Tessa said... (11/20/03 10:02 PM) Reply
Gigi, for the neckline do you mean folding under a hem and then blindstitching it? I'm not sure how this would work. Could you explain more? Thanks, Tessa
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