A blind stitch is a basic hand stitch mainly used for hemming and finishing quilt binding. The blind stitch makes a clean hem because it's invisible on the front side of the fabric. Blind stitching on a sewing machine is tricky unless using a variation called the zig-zag stitch.
Blind stitching is a smart hem stitch for children's clothing because of its durability. The stitch is also used on skirts, trousers and other quality garments where hems must blend into the structure without drawing much notice. Hand sewing a blind stitch on custom gowns and couture sewing is common.
Use a blind stitch on draperies, curtains and roman shades when you want a clean, customized finish. Sewing a blind stitch through heavier fabrics, like drapery fabrics, requires some skill. The hem stitching on a finely sewn drapery shouldn't be visible on the front of the drapes.
Many quilters use a blind stitch to finish their quilting projects. Blind stitching the binding around the completed quilt's edges gives the front of a quilt a polished look. Look at antique quilts for examples of fine blind stitches. Though time-consuming, smaller blind stitches are more durable and invisible to the naked eye.
Blind Stitch by Hand
Blind stitches require some practice to execute well. The stitch is worked horizontally, sometimes catching only one or two threads at a time, between the layers of a hem. Stitches are generally worked with 1/4 inch between. Closer, invisible blind stitching is the mark of a talented seamstress or tailor.
Blind Stitch with Machine
Sewing machines have different stitch adjustments for blind stitches. To make a genuine blind stitch, invisible on front, is tricky when done with a machine. Read your sewing machine's manual carefully before sewing. Generally, the hem allowance is placed face down. The material, along the hem, is folded, but leaves 1/4 inch of the hem's edge under the presser foot. This edge is sewn and ironed when complete.
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