When sewing garments and other projects on sewing machines like the Juki HZL F300, you may need to make different types of hems. Some projects made on Juki sewing machines may even call for what is known as a blind hem, which is a type of hem that appears invisible from the finished side of the item.
Blind hems may seem a little complicated at first; however, you should be able to master them quickly by following the easy sewing tips listed below.
What Exactly Is A Blind Hem?
A blind hem is simply a hem that is sewn so only a few tiny, nearly undetectable stitches are visible from the right side of the fabric. This technique is used on clothing like pants and skirts as well as other items like draperies, where a finished edge is required but visible stitches are unsightly.
You can easily make a blind hem with your Juki HZL F300 or any other machine by folding your fabric a certain way and sewing so the stitching stays hidden on the inside of the fabric.
Use A Blind Hem Presser Foot
The easiest way to make a blind hem is by using a blind hem presser foot. Most sewing machines include this foot or can be purchased inexpensively. The blind hem foot has a special flange on one side that aligns against the folded edge of your fabric as you stitch. This helps ensure the special stitches are made in exactly the right place. Install the foot and set your machine to the blind hem stitch.
Make A Blind Hem
Once your presser foot is installed, follow these easy instructions below for making a simple blind hem using Juki sewing machines or any other all-purpose machine:
Step 1 - Fold the edge of your fabric back according to the desired size of the hem. This is the tricky part as it involves making two different folds. To make a 2-inch hem, fold up the raw fabric edge about ¾-inch, creasing it. Then fold that edge up again, folding the remaining 1-¼-inch. Press the fabric flat once you have folded it over twice.
Step 2 - Pin the fabric every few inches toward the folded edge of the finished side of the fabric, inserting the pin toward the middle of the fold. Your pin heads should sit facing the unfinished side of the fabric, leaving an edge at the top for stitching.
Step 3 - Bring the fabric to the machine wrong-side-up, with just the folded edge showing the finished side and facing toward the needle. Tuck back the folded edge underneath the main fabric so the pinheads now face the machine and there is only a small amount of the finished side of the fabric showing.
Align the unfinished edge against the flange on the presser foot and begin stitching, removing pins as you go. The needle will sew multiple straight stitches on the edge of the folded fabric, intermittently adding one small zigzag stitch on the unfinished side.
Step 4 - Once you have stitched along the hem, take the fabric off the machine and unfold the edge. From the back you will see the stitching, including those occasional zigzags that rise up. From the front, all you should be able to see is an occasional tiny stitch. When done in a thread color that matches your fabric and blends in, your seam should be nearly invisible.
By using these simple steps, anyone can make professional looking blind hems with sewing machines like the Juki HZL F300. As with all techniques used with Juki sewing machines, this requires a bit of practice. Yet once you have done this a few times, it should present few problems. You can produce clean, hemmed edges without visible stitching so your projects turns out looking their best!