Sunday, November 1, 2009

Invisible hemming on knits



Today I want to share my favorite method for hemming knits - using the blind stitch hem. This method is neat and sturdy and works for pretty much all knits except very stretchy lycra jerseys. I have hemmed everything from rib knits to thick sweater knits with good results. To get the best result you do need a serger, but it can work without if the knit is stable (like double knits and sweatshirt knits). Serging the edge keeps the fabric from growing, which is especially important when you are working with thin rib knits and interlock fabrics.





First serge the edge with a flatlook seam. Make sure that the tension is high, you don't want the knit to grow. If you don't have a serger, just leave the hem raw.





Fold and press the hem allowance

Cut a snip in the fold to create an even hem.




Press the clipped seam the opposite way.



Fold the hem over and press again.



The hem looks really flat now.



Set up your sewing machine for blind stitch hemming. The thread should match the fabric. Sew the seam making sure the seam is even and that it catches the fabric (but not too much). Also don't stretch the fabric when sewing, as this will distort the hem.



Press the hem.




The stitching will now be close to invisible. And on fluffy sweater fabrics the stitches will be completely hidden. Also the finish on the inside will look really neat too as the flatlook seam hides the blind hem stitches.

6 comments:

  1. It does look "perfect" :) Thank you for sharing it.

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  2. Neat! I want to give that a try, hope I can do it.

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  3. Perfect! Only slightly different from what I already do, so it will be easy for me to adapt. Always love to learn about professional finishes. Thank you for sharing.

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  4. Thanks for posting this. I have put it in my file of tutorials. Best wishes for your new shop!

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  5. Thanks for the tutorial - I will give it a go!

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  6. Glad you find the tutorial helpful! For really stretchy knits you can use regular zigzag when blind hemming, but it won't be as neat.

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