Hems are a neat and tidy way of dealing with the end of the fabric so that projects created using sewing machines have a clean, finished edge. Although most hems made on machines like the Janome MC12000 produce stitching across the fabric edge, there are times when a stitchless look is more desirable. By using Janome sewing machines, almost anyone can make a blind hem quickly and easily.
What Is A Blind Hem?
A blind hem is simply an edge that is finished so that very few stitches are noticeable from the finished side of the fabric. This type of hem is commonly used on better slacks, dresses, and other more fancy garments. Blind hems are also used on curtains and anywhere else an unstitched edge may look more attractive. The only additional things required to make this attractive edge is an iron and a blind hem presser foot to fit Janome sewing machines.
Five Easy Steps To A Blind Hem
Making an invisible hem with a Janome MC12000 could not be easier. By using the simple instructions below and the required presser foot, it should be simple to create one in minutes:
- Install the Presser Foot - The blind hem presser foot is designed to sew along the inside of a folded hem. It adds one stitch every so often to the main part of the garment to hold the fabric in place, with the rest of the stitches hiding quietly under the folds of the hem.
- Adjust the Machine - Sewing machines that accept this special function presser foot will have a corresponding stitch setting. Select this setting and choose a medium stitch length or whatever setting the user manual recommends.
- Fold and Press the Fabric - Fold the fabric for a blind edge similarly to the way it would be folded for any other type of finished edge. The difference will be in how it is sewn by the needle and presser foot. Fold up one inch of fabric along the wrong side and iron the fold. Next, fold down a quarter of an inch of fabric from the edge and into the hem between the wrong side and the hem fabric to create a clean edge. Press again, then pin the folds in place. The fabric is now ready to be sewn.
- Sew the Fabric - With the presser foot attached and the machine adjusted to a medium stitch, put the folded fabric on the machine wrong side up, with the edge of the hem facing the foot. Fold the hemmed fabric back under the project so that only the tucked in one-quarter inch fold is visible. Slide this under the presser foot. Carefully sew along the one-quarter inch fold, letting the foot do its job. The presser foot will produce most of the stitches on the folded fabric, adding an occasional stitch to the wrong side main fabric as it moves.
- Turn the Fabric to the Finished Side - Once the sewing is complete and the hem is viewed from the right side, all that should be visible on close inspection are those intermittent stitches that passed through the body of the project. All other stitches should be on the folds of the hem, invisible from the finished side. For the hem to be the most undetectable, use a thread that closely matches the fabric.
Blind hemming may seem intimidating to some; however, the trick is simply in understanding where to make the stitching once the fabric is under the presser foot of the sewing machine. All it really takes is a little bit of practice. With the proper folds and the use of the right presser foot, these edge treatments can be easily done using sewing machines like the Janome MC12000 that accepts a blind hem foot!