How to Sew A Blind Hem in 5 Easy Step - Must Repin for Later!

How to Sew a Blind Hem in 5 Easy Steps

Blind hems are one of those things that look scary and aren’t.  As a new seamstress, the idea of doing a hem that you can’t see from the outside seems like some sort of magic you aren’t sure that you can do yourself. That’s an advanced seamstress technique only, right?  Right? Don’t be silly! If you can do a regular hem, you can do a blind hem. So get ready to gather your tools, do a bit of ironing, and sew your first perfect blind hem like a pro!How to Sew A Blind Hem in 5 Easy Step - Must Repin for Later!

How to Sew a Blind Hem in 5 Easy Steps

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Ok, got it pinned on Pinterest? Great! Before we start sewing, let’s gather our tools. You will need:How to Sew A Blind Hem in 5 Easy Step - Must Repin for Later!

  • A sewing machine with a blind stitch function – most modern machines have them. Check your manual or look for this stitch. On my Brother it looks like the picture above.
  • A ruler of some sort to measure your folds
  • An iron because we want perfectly crisp hems
  • Pins or clips to hold those folds in place

How to Sew A Blind Hem in 5 Easy Step - Must Repin for Later!

  • Blind Stitch Foot – This is a “R” foot for my Brother sewing machine.  It may have a different name or label for your machine, but it looks exactly like above.  Most machines come with this foot, but if yours didn’t, you can get if for cheap off Amazon through this link.

Alright, on to the good stuff.  I said I would teach you in 5 easy steps so, let’s start counting!

How to Sew A Blind Hem in 5 Easy Step - Must Repin for Later!
Step 1: Fold the bottom main edge wrong sides together 1/2”. Press.

First thing to do is to fold the raw edge you want to hem up 1/2″. Typically with a  normal hem you would only fold this 1/4″, but we are going to need a little extra room with our stitches which is why 1/2″ is needed here.

How to Sew A Blind Hem in 5 Easy Step - Must Repin for Later!

Step 2: Fold again 1-1/2”. Press and Pin.

OK, this amount honestly could vary.  If you prefer a larger hem, fold more here. If you prefer a narrower hem, then fold less.  The type of silhouette and the type of fabric should determine how small or large your hem is.

How to Sew A Blind Hem in 5 Easy Step - Must Repin for Later!Step 3: Fold the entire hem under towards the main side of the fabric leaving 1/4” of the fold showing.

Now here is where we start to divert from a traditional hem. You want to take that entire folded amount and fold it under leaving just a 1/4″ of the folded edge showing. This may seem confusing the first time you do it, but it will make sense as we move on in the tutorial.

How to Sew A Blind Hem in 5 Easy Step - Must Repin for Later!

Step 4: Blind hem the main skirt bottom using the blind hem foot and blind hem stitch on your sewing machine.

Using the blind stitch presser foot on your machine as well as the blind hem stitch, you should be stitching mainly on the fold and catching just a tiny bit of the wrong side of the main fabric. See how the edge of the fold is perfectly aligned with the middle part of the presser foot?  That’s what you want. Go slow and be patient to ensure your hem is mostly invisible from the right side.

How to Sew A Blind Hem in 5 Easy Step - Must Repin for Later!This is what it will look like from the wrong side when you are done stitching. Notice how the stitched just barely catch the fold of the fabric.  If you are too far over, your hem is not going to lay flat and will be visible.  If you are not over far enough, you will miss the fold entirely and the hem won’t be… well… hemmed.

How to Sew A Blind Hem in 5 Easy Step - Must Repin for Later!

Once you have hemmed all the way around the garment, do a little check to make sure your stitches have hit through the fold.  Have any gaps? No need to take out the stitching, just re-stitch those parts.  The great thing about a blind hem is that its nearly invisible, so its easy to fix the parts where you goofed.  No one will ever notice, and they will think you are a blind hem ninja.

How to Sew A Blind Hem in 5 Easy Step - Must Repin for Later!

Step 5: Unfold the hem and iron.

Here comes the fun part!  Unfold the last fold you did on the hem and look at your new, beautifully done, blind hem! How perfect is that?  And it only took 5 steps!  I knew you could do it!

 

Ok, now that you see how easy it is, are you going to blind hem all the things? I have to admit it, this is one of my favorite ways to finish off a garment.  It looks so professional and people always ooh and ahh over it.  Any parts of the tutorial confusing to you? Let me know in the comments!  Also, if you have any other tutorials you have been looking for, let me know as well.  I’m always up to teaching new techniques!

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For The Love of Legends: Mermaid Wishes + BONUS Free Silhouette Cut File

When I saw that CraftingCon & Phat Quarters were hosting a blog tour with the theme of legends, I quickly signed up. We are a little obsessed with mythical creatures. My oldest daughter’s room is decorated with mermaids, so it was only fitting that she get a mermaid themed dress to match.

Now, I’ll be honest. I originally had in my head to do something super elaborate and costume like. But, then I quickly came to my senses and realized that for something as awesome as a mermaid, I would want my daughter to be able to wear it 24/7. So I switched gears and self drafted a new dress. I’ve been hoarding this beautiful fabric from Michael Miller’s Out to Sea line by Sarah Jane, and this project was the perfect time to use it!

One of my favorite things about a blog tour is it gives me the chance to take off my designer hat for a little bit and exercise a different creative muscle. My original plan was to mash a couple patterns together, but one thing led to another and I ended up drafting a whole new design. Old habits die hard I guess. But the really exciting thing is that I got to use my Silhouette Cameo.

Make your own mermaid inspired dress using heart transfer vinyl with this free download for the Silhouette vinyl cutter - This dress turned out so cute! Must repin for later!!

If you are not familiar with a Silhouette Cameo cutting machine, I have to apologize for the hit your wallet is about to take. Because when you find out all the things this machine can do, you are going to want one. As a matter of fact, I designed my youngest daughter’s room decor projects around it just so I would have a good excuse for my husband to buy the machine (Sorry, hubby!). They are so much fun!  I’m pretty sure these cutting machines were originally marketed for scrapbooking, a pastime that I always think I want to do in my head but never actually have time for. The newest machines can cut all types of vinyl and do amazing things like embossing and etching in addition to cutting paper.  Honestly, the possibilities are endless.

I sadly don’t get to use my machine as much as I’d like. I recently got a bunch of heat transfer vinyl on a good deal on Amazon and decided to put it to good use for this project. My favorite thing about the Silhouette is that you can trace almost anything and it will cut it perfectly. Gone are the days when you need to buy a million expensive cartridges that have designs that you have to settle for because they are the only things close enough to what you wanted. With the Silhouette, you can find (or in my case make) a jpeg and tell the software to trace it and cut. Easy peasy.

bella-sunshine-designs-mermaid-silhouette-cameo copy

I created a cute mermaid-inspired design on the computer and then cut it out with the Silhouette. Once the design was cut out and the excess vinyl was weeded, I just placed it on my bodice piece and ironed it on. I did this in a couple different steps so I could get the layout exactly how I wanted it. The finished bodice was so adorable, it made the sewing aspect a little nerve wracking. You know that moment that things are going so perfectly that you are terrified that you will mess it up in the final hour? Yes, that was totally me. But thankfully luck was only side, and the final product turned out amazing.  Check out the photos of my mini me below:

Make your own mermaid inspired dress using heart transfer vinyl with this free download for the Silhouette vinyl cutter - This dress turned out so cute! Must repin for later!!

Make your own mermaid inspired dress using heart transfer vinyl with this free download for the Silhouette vinyl cutter - This dress turned out so cute! Must repin for later!!

Make your own mermaid inspired dress using heart transfer vinyl with this free download for the Silhouette vinyl cutter - This dress turned out so cute! Must repin for later!!

Make your own mermaid inspired dress using heart transfer vinyl with this free download for the Silhouette vinyl cutter - This dress turned out so cute! Must repin for later!!

Make your own mermaid inspired dress using heart transfer vinyl with this free download for the Silhouette vinyl cutter - This dress turned out so cute! Must repin for later!!

Make your own mermaid inspired dress using heart transfer vinyl with this free download for the Silhouette vinyl cutter - This dress turned out so cute! Must repin for later!!

Cute right? The heat transfer is prominent on the bodice, and the the flutter sleeves really compliment the print on the skirt. Plus, because I couldn’t help myself, I added a little lace trim to the flutter sleeves. Every dress needs a little lace, don’t you think? I am so in love with this dress that you will probably see the pattern in the shop soon. It’s just too cute.Make your own mermaid inspired dress using heart transfer vinyl with this free download for the Silhouette vinyl cutter - This dress turned out so cute! Must repin for later!!

Now you know I couldn’t show you this fabulous mermaid themed dress without sharing a little love, right? That’s why I decided to offer my Silhouette fans a little something. Click here to download your FREE silhouette cut files I created for this dress. 

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10 Mistakes Beginner Sewists Don’t Know They Are Making

I would say a majority of the people that I talk to today are self-taught.  First off, can I just say you rock?  Sewing can be complicated and even a bit scary at time, but you guys figured it out all on your own.  Way to go!  Me? My grandmother taught me to sew at the tender age of 9.  She was picky, guys.  About everything.  There was lots of ironing, lots of hand sewing, and very little time sitting in front of an actual sewing machine.  My 9 year old self just wanted to sit at the sewing machine and rev it to its full potential like a 16 year old driving their dad’s sports car. Which brings me to my list…

Wow, I didn't know some of these beginner sewing mistakes! I'm so bad about number 1!

10 Mistakes Beginner Sewists Don’t Know They Are Making

1: Driving Too Fast

OK, honestly, this isn’t really just for beginners.  I am super guilty of a lead foot. But the faster you sew, often times the wonkier your seams are.  And no one likes crooked topstitching

2: Not Paying Attention to your Seam Allowance

This is huge guys. I know using a 1/2″ seam allowance over a 1/4″ seam allowance may not sound like much, but it can easily make the difference between a garment that fits and one that doesn’t. Be sure to figure out the seam allowance that is included in the pattern and stick to it.

3: Not Using a Specialty Foot When Needed

Did you know there are speciality feet that will help you get near perfect edge stitching? No? How about one that will make installing a concealed zipper a breeze? How about a foot that will do a beautiful rolled hem on your sewing machine? Or a walking foot that will make sewing with knits so much easier? Specialty feet can positively impact the quality of your finished product.  I am a little addicted to presser feet to be honest.  I’ve found great luck with buying them off Amazon.  I own this kit, and it’s my favorite (and an amazing deal too.)

This is a great list of beginner sewing mistakes. And I am so in love with this sewing pattern!

4: Not Using a Quality Pattern

OK, OK.  As a pattern designer, this is a bit of a shameless plug since the above picture is of our very own Sweet Lilly Pintuck Dress pattern, but it is so true!  Nothing kills your confidence like spending all day making something and having it not fit. You think, what did I do wrong? But sometimes, that problem may lie with the pattern itself. If the pattern designed drafted it wrong, even Martha Stewart is going to have a hard time.  I highly recommend using patterns that have been tested and have great reviews.

Wow, I didn't know some of these beginner sewing mistakes! I'm so bad about number 1!

5: Not Measuring your self/child/friend/model/person

I always hear, “Well my daughter is 4 so she would wear a size 4.” or “Well she wears a 6 in ready-to-wear so that’s what size I’ll make.”  That’s a recipe for disaster.  Here’s why. Does Gap fit the same as Express? What about H&M? Ralph Lauren? J.Crew? Nope. They all use their own measurement chart.  Pattern designers are no different.  Plus, even if you measured two months ago, measurements may have changed by then.  If you are going to spend hours making a garment, spend two minutes to measure first so you can be positive you are making the right size.

6: Ignoring Grainlines

Those little lines with the double arrows may seem insignificant, but ignoring them can really warp your project if you aren’t careful.  The reason is that the grainline is the direction that the fabric is the strongest. If you cut something on the bias that’s not meant to be cut on the bias, it can make a garment stretch and warp. (And for those that don’t know, the grainline is parallel to the selvage.)

Wow, I didn't know some of these beginner sewing mistakes! I'm so bad about number 1!

7: Not Using the Right Needle

Using the wrong needle can cause major problems with your project.  It may seem like you could use a universal needle with everything, but it may be too dull for heavier fabrics like leather and too sharp for stretchy fabrics like knits. I like to order my needles on Amazon. They are cheap, you can get a variety and can order in bulk.  Which will be perfect to prevent next mistake…

8: Not Changing the Needle Often Enough

As I mention in my 15 Bad Sewing Habits post, It is often recommended that your needle should be replaced after every project.  Now I don’t usually replace until every 3 or 4 project, but a lot of people don’t even replace that often. A bad needle can cause lots of sewing stress.  If I’m having a tension issue, its often because my needle needs to be replaced.

9: Ignoring The Pattern Instructions

I’m not talking about when you are personally trying to hack a pattern. I know, this is another one of those pattern designer rants, but hear me out for a second. Sometimes, even when the instructions seem off, there is a methods to our madness. I’ve helped customers out that have had problems with their projects that could have easily been solved if they just followed the directions. While a beginner might think things like basting and stay stitching seem pointless, they are important for a quality, well finished garment.

10: Not Trying New Techniques

I know good seamstresses that won’t sew anything with a zipper because they’re scared. The same can be said for any type of technique: buttons, blind hems, knit fabrics, welt pockets, etc. If you never try anything new, how will you get better? While elastic closures and straight seams are great when you are first starting out, you never know how proud you will feel about that beautifully installed zipper, if you never even try to sew one.

 

I know I promised 10 mistakes, but I’ve thought of two more as a bonus!

Wow, I didn't know some of these beginner sewing mistakes! I'm so bad about number 1!

BONUS 11: Trying to Make Something Outside of Your Skill Set

This seems contradictory after my last point. I’m not talking about growth here. I’m talking about trying to do something so advanced that the average seamstress would run in fear. I see in sewing groups sometimes new seamstresses that have never sewn a garment before wanting to make a wedding dress which is often 7+ layers of fabric and using high-end couture sewing techniques. Know your limits. Nothing will make you feel frustrated more than a project that is far more advanced than your current skill set. And you never know, one day you might make sewing couture gowns look easy.

BONUS 12: Not Ironing Enough (Or At All!)

This is the biggest mistake I see seamstresses make. Nothing can make your garment look more homemade (and not in a good way) than not ironing. In truth, you should be at the ironing station longer than you are at the sewing machine. Iron your fabric and every seam, and you will see a huge difference in your finished project.

Alright, fess up.  Which one did you not know about? Know any other mistakes that I’m missing? Let me know in the comments.