- Set the sewing machine to a straight stitch position. If there is a blind hem setting, set for the desired width of the hem stitch.
- Select the stitch length that is optimum for the garment being sewn. A longer stitch will be less conspicuous and a shorter stitch will be more durable.
- Fold up about a 3/8 inch seam allowance along the bottom of the garment. Press to set the fold.
- Turn the hem approximately another 3/8 to 5/8 inch, or to desired depth of the hem. Press again to set.
- Fold the hem back so it faces the right side of garment, leaving about a 1/4 inch allowance that extends from the bottom.
- Begin to sew at the meeting of the folds, catching a slight tick at the 'V' where the stitching will catch the garment. The hem part of the garment will contain the straight stitching.
- Unfold the hem and inspect.
How to Sew a Basic Blind Stitch
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