+ My way of doing an invisible or blind hem on the sewing machine tutorial


**for thicker material, don’t hem under the first quarter to half inch. Just cut to an an inch, and hem under an inch.
The invisible or blind hem is a hem of pants, shirts, skirts, or dresses that is almost “invisible” to the eye on the outside of the item of clothing, this is done with a invisible or blind hem stitch. Some things should only be hemmed with this stitch! Eliminating the (sometimes ugly, depending on the garment) straight stitch hem line on the bottom, outside of a garment and replacing it with a blind hem can keep the garment’s look more clean, smooth, pretty, professional or what have you. I find this stitch best suits anything formal (like suit pants, tweed pencil skirts) or anything with a heavier type material.


I have NOT been properly taught how to do an invisible hem, but this is how I do it. It may not be the professorial way but this is a fast and easy way that I have figured out myself and love. I’m sure It may not be by the book, but this blog is for the people with little time and love to sew. If you would like to teach me anything, leave it in the comments below.

 

With that being said….you can check out how I quickly do an invisible hem in this video (above) and picture tutorial below.




Instructions:
1. Measure and mark where you want the new hem to be when trying it on, sometimes you need another person to do this with you because bending down can move where you want the hem to hit.
2. Leave  and inch to an inch and a half for the hem. Cut off the excess. If you don’t have much room to hem, like you have only an inch, that is fine! Just fold it in an inch (skip the next step and go to step 4.)
3. With the item of clothing being inside out, fold the edge in a quarter to a half inch wrong sides touching and iron.
4. Fold in an inch and iron.
*****for thicker material, just fold in an inch with the raw edge exposed. You don’t want it too thick.

5. Fold that inch the other direction, under, so it i now touching the right side of the fabric (the outside).

6. Pin so there is about 1/8 to 1/2 inch showing through. I like doing the 1/8 inch when the edge is raw, so it will also help with preventing fraying. But most of the time I do 1/4 inch.
 

7. Sew using a blind stitch on your sewing machine like the last picture on the left.
 

8. Unfold and iron down.

 

 

 

Comments

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  3. thank you thank you thank u!!!
    I read my sewing machine manual but did not get it!!

  4. Is the blind stitch the one that looks like this —–^——-^——^——^ ?

  5. Ditto the eternal thank you’s for your tutorials. I lost a ton of weight and have many clothes to take in but we’re living on pennies while my husband is in graduate school so if I want to wear any of these pieces, I have to do the alterations myself! A little scary. Recently found your site and you’re making it easier.

  6. Wow I actually bought a tweed pencil skirt from a thrift store not that long ago that I intended to hem and was planning on googling how to do this, but lo and behold it pops up in my blog feed! Thanks so much.

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