How to use the Blind Stitch or Blind Hem Foot


My favorite hemming technique, the blind hem can appear confusing, but once you have done it a couple of times it becomes a breeze.
This is the hem used on trousers, skirts, and jackets for an almost invisible finish.
You will need to use a matching thread for your fabric, in this example, I have used a contrasting thread so you can see the nibbled stitches used to sew this hem.
The Stitch for the hem is a few straight stitches to the right then a jump to the left, where the nibble is taken from your hem fabric.
You will need to press a double fold hem which is then folded back on itself.
The bulk of the stitches are sewn on the hem (showing right side up to the right) with only the larger jump stitches moving across to attach the hem of the main fabric showing the wrong side up to the left).
Once folded back the right side of the fabric should be seen on the hem with the wrong side of the fabric showing for the main body of the fabric.
If this is confusing the video demonstrates the folding process very clearly.
Match the stitch position to the available hem fabric in one of three ways:
1. The foot is adjusted using the metal screw to move the plastic plate left and right.
2. The Stitch width can be adjusted.
3. The needle position can be adjusted in some sewing machines.
By matching the folded fabric to plastic guide, as per the image, you can make the necessary adjustments to align the 'nibbles' of the jump stitches to take only the smallest amount of fabric.
The larger the nibble the more obvious the stitch will be on the right side of the hem. The images below show the right and the wrong sides of the hem once sewn.

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