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Looking to buy a blind hemmer (I think!)
How necessary is a blindstitch machine, and any recommendations?
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Date: 11/13/11 2:07 PM

Hi,

I am considering starting a small business in the next year doing alterations and tailoring; I currently own a Viking 936 serger with the coverstitch feature, a workhorse Singer 15-91, along with a couple regular sewing machines.

I am wondering - from those of you with experience doing alterations and mending as a home based business - how necessary do you feel a standalone blind hemmer is? What would be a good, durable, operator-friendly home model, and what price range should I expect to look in? Would it be better to buy a lesser model new, or take my chances on an industrial used? I'm not looking for the "cadillac" model, but not the cheapest either, just something good and dependable. Ideal price range would be under $400, is it realistic to find a good blind hemmer for that price?

Thanks so much for any help/insight you can provide.....I am a "frequent lurker" on these boards, and looking forward to becoming more active!

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Date: 11/13/11 8:17 PM

I like mine very much. I bought mine quite a few years ago. It's a tacsew 500. There are a few of these on ebay that are new. they are very reasonal in price.
I do have a home alteration business.

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Date: 11/13/11 8:17 PM

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Date: 11/14/11 11:01 AM

I have the Baby Lock Blind Hemmer and it was a floor model I purchased. I really like having it. It does a beautiful stitch and I use it not only the hemming but also to sew in hair canvas when I am making blazers/coats (vs. doing this by hand). I don't do professional alterations nor tailoring, however, I do much of that sort of sewing for family members. I think if you were to do alterations as a business a blind hemmer would be a must have in your sewing work room.

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Date: 11/14/11 11:05 AM

I don't sew professionaly but I love my Consew 75T. It makes short work of hemming for curtains and bedskirts and has a free arm so pants are easy to hem. It was very reasonable too. It is considered industrial so no light on it. I have a stick-on light that works really well though.

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Bernina 1010, Activa 220, B580, B780
Singer 201-2, 221, Bernina Serger 1300MDC, BL Enlighten, BL Sashiko, BL Cover Stitch, Consew 75T

At my Lake House in PA:
Bernina Artista 165E, Singer 503A. Bernina Serger 1100d

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Date: 11/14/11 11:09 AM

A used US Blindstitch was recommended to me. I have model 718. It has a really good, uniform stitch.

That being said, I started my alterations business hand stitching my blind hems. Then as I got busier, and started doing more and more draperies, I bought the machine. I wanted to see if the business took off before spending the $$. Then I went for the best I could find, and haven't looked back.

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Date: 12/6/11 12:50 PM

I could not go without my blindhemmer. It is a much needed addition to my busy alteration studio. It gives a beautiful professional touch that clients love. I bought it brand new, it is semi industrial brand called Toni which is very easy to use. I also on occasion have found secondhand ones on Ebay, quite resonable.
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