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Message Board > Beginner's Forum > Need help folding a blind hem ( Moderated by EleanorSews)

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Date: 6/24/09 10:02 AM

I can't figure out how to fold the fabric for a blind hem. I want to serge it.
I've looked at several web sites but I just can't see how it works, my fold never comes out like the description.

I am hemming a skirt. I cut off all but about 1.5" of the excess fabric. Then folded the hem up to the inside of the skirt and pressed it. The next steps are what I can't figure out.
Any help will be appreciated.
Thanks
Linda

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Date: 6/24/09 10:31 AM

I'm confused by what you are asking.

I'm familiar with machine-made blind hems, but only with a sewing machine.

I'm not familiar with any way to do a blind hem with a serger...

What serger do you have?
Do you have a link to the online manual that describes how to do this?
Elaine

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Date: 6/24/09 10:32 AM

Lay the skirt right side up with skirt to your right. This way hem edge is at your left hand, and raw hem allowance is under the skirt. Next, fold the skirt over to the left so the new folded edge is slightly past the raw edge of hem allowance. The edge of hem allowance should be peaking from under the fold just enough, so when you serge it the left needle just catches the fold.

You will need to put the hem through the serger folded like described above, and then unfold it and press the hem flat.

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Date: 6/24/09 10:38 AM

Elaine, if i am not mistaken, serger blind hem works pretty much the same as SM blindhem. The left needle has to barely catch the fold and tension should be looser than normal to make it invisible.

I don't ususally use the serger just because I have a blindhemmer but it sounds like a good idea. There are blind hem feet available for sergers that makes guiding the needle alond the fold easier. You can do it without the special foot if you go slow. Basting layers togeher helps to avoid "waivy" hems which result from layers shifting in relation to each other.

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Date: 6/24/09 10:49 AM

I am assuming you disengage the knife/knives for this? I've never liked my sewing machine blind hems, but maybe I need more practice...

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Date: 6/24/09 10:58 AM

No, knife stays engaged if you want nice trimmed edge. You will be guiding knife along raw edge of the hem allowance.

In the question above, she already trimmed hem allowance, so it really doesnít matter if knife is engaged. However, knife will trim all the threads that started fraying, and you will get cleaner finish. You donít need to trim hem ahead of time; just fold and let the knife trim extra off.

I usually cut extra wide hem allowance just in case. Once you establish the hem line, press hem allowance under, fold to desired hem width, and run serger with knife engaged slightly beyond the blind stitch line. This will hem and trim the extra hem allowance in one step.

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Date: 6/24/09 11:06 AM

The viking website has a nice little video that shows how this works. I was also stymied by this, just could not wrap my brain around it.

Viking

Click on sewing, then "sewing room", then "click here to visit...". and then open "sewing techniques" and look for the information on hems. The blind hem entry shows the folding sequence nicely in animation.

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Date: 6/24/09 12:04 PM

Quote: Nata
Elaine, if i am not mistaken, serger blind hem works pretty much the same as SM blindhem. The left needle has to barely catch the fold and tension should be looser than normal to make it invisible.

Thanks!

So you use both needles? And I assume a fairly long stitch?

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Date: 6/24/09 12:41 PM

I have used my serger to blindhem doubleknits quite a bit. I bought the blind hem foot and it really improves the results. I use the right needle only and the longest stitch length I can, with a 2 thread overlock stitch (Following the instructions for my Babylock Imagine). The blind hem foot has an adjustable guide, it's tricky to get it set just right for your fabric but once you do it works great. That controls the 'bite' taken by the needle. It tends to miss the hem at side seams, the foot doesn't handle bulk. But it's passable and much faster than hand-hemming. I'd still like to get a dedicated blindstitch.

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