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Date: 6/4/13 11:14 PM

I'm trying to do a hem (fold, press, fold, press, hem) on a jersey knit using a blindhemmer (mini Skipper brand, but similar or same as Tacsew/Rex/others).

I've got the stitch depth ("bite") OK, tension is OK, but the problem is the fabric feeds all crooked. Basically, if I start with a 1" hem, if I left pressed the pedal and didn't guide the fabric at all, I'd soon have stitching 2" from the hem, then 3", etc. I have to stop every 2 stitches to readjust the fabric to make sure it's centered, or else my needle just goes through the public side and doesn't grab the thick hem side. Does this description make any sense?

I tried starching and ironing, and it doesn't seem to help. Any hints or tips?

Thanks in advance,
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Date: 6/5/13 5:26 AM

I don't know how a dedicated blind hemmer works or feeds the fabric, but whenever I hem knits, I use Steam-a-Seam to tame that fabric. Works like a charm.

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Date: 6/5/13 8:37 AM

Maybe if you starch the area heavily before you fold it to sew. The starch washes out. I would try it on a sample.

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Date: 6/5/13 9:28 AM

I don't anything about using a blindhemmer but I wouldn't fold press fold a knit jersey. Most would too heavy a fabric to do this with and I would think the bulk would be what is causing the problem. I would use a twin needle or a double line of stitching. Maybe someone who has tried this on a blindhemmer will have some way to do this.

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Date: 6/5/13 9:28 AM

I don't anything about using a blindhemmer but I wouldn't fold press fold a knit jersey. Most would too heavy a fabric to do this with and I would think the bulk would be what is causing the problem. I would use a twin needle or a double line of stitching. Maybe someone who has tried this on a blindhemmer will have some way to do this.

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Date: 6/5/13 10:16 AM

I do have a blindhemmer but never tried it on knits. The thing runs really quickly so I need something firm to control it. I would use a cover stitch on knit hems or (gasp) do it by hand.

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Date: 6/5/13 10:30 AM

I do not have a cover stitch machine or blind hemmer.

How do the cover stitch and blind hemming machines feed differently than the sewing machine or serger?

For sewing and serging, I pin with the head to the left of the needles. Or, parallel to the folded edge and remove the pins as the foot approaches. Stitching slowly.

I just use the sewing machine for blind hemming and double needle for the faux cover stitch hem. Don't really care for the blind hem done on the serger, but then I only gave it a couple tries.

ETA Update - I found a video demonstrating a blind hemming machine. Never thought this process used a curved needle, but now it does make perfect sense! Now, I will look for a coverstitch video.

For the slipping and misbehaving fabric. Thread basting or the adhesive tape (Steam A Seam is a great product) for fabrics is what I would try.

Do a sample test and be sure to include a "side" seam.

Best wishes for a successful project.



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Date: 6/5/13 5:14 PM

Thanks to all the responses! I spent >1 hr last night trying to make a decent hem and gave up in disgust. A hem should not take an hour! It's like one of those Dyson commercials - you just want the darn thing to work!

I have a Janome Coverpro, but it balks at crossing side seams. I've tried the snip-and-flip, hammering, going slow, going fast, changing stitch length, holding my breath and sticking out my tongue... It's unreliable at best.

I can always use a twin needle on a regular sewing machine, but I was hoping for a truly invisible hem.

I have washaway doublestick tape and will give that a try. I'm hesitant to try steam-a-seam because of the bulk.

I've also been playing with adding a layer of tearaway stabilizer under the fabric, which helps keep it in alignment. That was the most promising outcome of last night, but the tension got all messed up with the bulky underlayer (pucker city).

Thanks again for everyone's feedback.

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Date: 6/5/13 5:32 PM

Making a blind hem on a blind hemmer machine on a jersey knit...good luck is all I can say!

If you don't have a coverstitch machine, you'd be far better off just folding, pressing, and doing a twin-needle stitch on the sewing machine. Blindhemmers are fabulous on wovens and doubleknits. Jersey knits? Not so much.

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Date: 6/6/13 10:54 AM

I have blind hemmed my knit dresses on my regular sewing machine with great success. No starching was necessary either, but I did feed it slow. It didn't take an hour, that's for sure. Perhaps the fast speed of the blindhemmer is the culprit.

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