Pattern Design Activities for Kids
by Don McCunn

Machine Sewing Hems

The blind hem stitch sews several straight stitches, then a single zigzag. This stitch requires a special blind hem presser foot. Machine baste the hem in place prior to sewing the blind hem stitch.

1st Basting Stitches 2nd Basting Stitches Pin Hem
  1. Sew a line of machine basting 1/2" (1.2cm) up from the bottom of the fabric.
  1. Sew a second line of machine basting 1" (2.5cm) from the bottom of the fabric.
  1. Fold the fabric along the two basting stitches from Steps 1 and 2, then pin in place.
Third basting stitches Change presser feet Fold hem under
  1. To hold the hem in place, sew another line of machine basting stitches down the middle. Then remove the pins.
  1. Set the controls for the blind hem stitch and install the blind hem presser foot.
  1. Fold the fabric back to expose just a little of the top of the hem.
Blind hem stitch Remove basting Restore presser foot
  1. Sew using the blind hem stitch.
  1. Remove the machine basting stitches.
  1. Restore the machine to the normal stitch. Replace the blind hem presser foot with the regular presser foot.