OK, so I have to admit that I am obsessed with feet, and not my own. I’m talking about the ones I sew with. One of the best perks of working for Bernina is that I get to try out all sorts of feet. I would be willing to bet that most people rarely switch from the basic reverse pattern or zig zag foot (foot #1 or #0 for Bernina folks) that is the standard for most sewing.
I was sewing with a group the other day, when one of the gals said she had never done a blind hem. Really?! How could this be? She had just never known about it before. Later in the same week, I had a customer say that she still did her blind hems by hand. I could not believe it! I know that I am nerd when it comes to learning about sewing, but I think it is so rewarding to take the time and learn what your machine CAN do.
Most machines will come with a stitch and foot for doing a Blind Hem. For the Bernina, it is foot #5, and stitch #7 (may vary from machine to machine- I have an activa240). I consider this foot a staple. Maybe because the hem of the dress pants I buy always seem to fall out. The blind hem stitch is the perfect way to fix this or to finish anything that you don’t want to have a visible hem line. The blind hem stitch is basically one zig zag stitch, followed by 3-5 straight stitches in the far right needle position. Did you follow that?
The foot is designed with a bar that goes through the middle of the foot. As you sew, you will guide the fold of your hem against this bar and the five stitches will be taken on the inside of the hem (the part that is not seen) and the zig zag will swing across the bar and take a small stitch into the exterior fabric. It does so in a way that it is barely visible if you match the thread color closely to the fabric.
I just recently finished my first ever Colette pattern, the Beignet skirt. I got to use so many great feet on this project and will be sharing a lot of them with you. This pattern calls for using a blind hem around the bottom of the skirt and it is a beautiful way to finish it.
It’s no secret that I like this stitch and this foot. How about you?