Intro to Basic Household Sewing Machine
Problems appears for people and they go for brother repair. If you have this stitch on your home sewing machine you can blind hem everything you own in your closet- pants, skirts, dresses – and never have to pay a tailor or alterations specialist again. Notice how the stitch is essentially several straight stitches in a row and then a zig-zag stitch before it resumes the straight stitching. I’m going to show this magic of home sewing blind hemming and I’m going to show you how to do it on an actual pair of pants. Many demos out there in internet land only show you how to blind hem on a flat piece of fabric. I’m going to show you how to do it on an actual pair of pants.
Now you see what do I actually mean by blind hem? What I mean is the manufacturer has achieved an invisible effect or nearly invisible effect from the hemming and it looks like this. Here they are serged and then when you look really close at this they used a blind hemming machine to catch in a chain stitch the fabric and it barely penetrates the fabric and that’s why it’s so blind. Now what we’re going to achieve with this stitch on this pair of pants is a nearly blind effect so if you’re fussy about a truly blind effect you may not care for this technique, but I’m going to show it to you and then you can decide for yourself. So see the great thing about doing it on your home sewing machine is these stitches of integrity they don’t unravel out like will happen with the manufacturers chain stitch.
So while the definite benefit of manufacturer blind hemming is truly blind the con is that when you snag it or it somehow becomes undone, that hem, which it just chain stitches right out and then you’re left with a gapping hem that will eventually fall down. So here’s what’s going to happen next. I’m going to show you all the basic steps leading up to blind hemming and then I’m going to thoroughly show you how to do it on your machine. This pair pants needs to be hemmed up one and a half inches, now take out the old stitching, pull all the fabric out and lay it flat. Here’s the new fold line but where’s the new cutting line going to be? Ideally it’s going to be anywhere from one and a half to two inches out. Well, look at the old fold line is that one and a half inches out, so I’m going to use it to my advantage.
I’m going to cut just a quarter inch beyond the old fold line and you’ll see why in just a minute, and I prefer pinking shears so that’s what I did. If you don’t happen to have the advantage of the old fold line occurring in just the right spot, well, then you just go ahead and press under this quarter inch. Before we go further we need to figure out how we want our raw edge handled here – are you going to pink like I did, are you going to fold under like I did, are you going to serge, are you going to use the zig-zag stitch on your machine- just what are you going to do? For those of you who don’t have a serger, I want you to have the benefit of the magic of home sewing blind hemming, so I have opted for folding under. Next is press the new fold line.
All right! We’re pressed on the new fold line, we know that we have one and a half inches pressed down and a quarter inch lipped under, and we’re ready to have you go over to the Machine and blind hem. Exciting! However, before we go over to the machine, we have to rock and roll an exceptionally great pin job that sets us up for success at the machine. What I’m going to show you next might seem particularly daunting, it might seem just too tricky, but we’re going to stick with it until we get it. Begin at one or the other side seams facing you. Now, I find it advantageous to have the pants hanging down, pick it up and flip it back once, almost as though you are going to cuff it.
Then begin to flip it again until just a little lip of fabric up here is extended and capture it with your pin. let’s go to the other side seam and do it again. Here we are at the other side seam, flip it back once, then flip it back again until it’s just your raw edge or however you handled it is just extended a little ways, capture it with a pin.