i should be mopping the floor: Blind Hem Stitch Tutorial

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Blind Hem Stitch Tutorial

This Blind Hem Stitch Tutorial is brought to you by Laura Ashley USA. All opinions and designs are mine alone.

Are you familiar with a Blind Hem Stitch? It's a great one to use on draperies, pants, and slacks. This type of stitch is designed to be nearly invisible. It's simple to create on a home sewing machine, too. Check out my Blind Hem Stitch tutorial below.

Sewing a Blind Hem Stitch
Today, I'm sharing how to create a blind hem stitch on drapery panels. It's great to create that "hidden seam" at the bottle of your drapery panels. And it's also just a nice seam to know how to sew. Check out the Blind Hem Stitch Tutorial below.

Blind Hem Stitch Tutorial


Blind Stitch
As you can see in the above photo, only little bitty pieces of the stitch show from the right side of the drapery fabric. You can adjust the stitch length and spacing on your machine to your liking for this blind hem stitch. 

Laura Ashley Fabric
The new draperies I sewed for my dining room using this blind hem stitch technique started out as this lovely fabric from Laura Ashley USA. This fabric is from their drapery fabric line and is called the Painterly Stripe Blue fabric (it comes in pink, too!). This fabric was so nice to work with, too.

Laura Ashley Painterly Stripe Fabric
As I shift our dining room area from its reds and khakis to something with a bit more blues and pinks, this fabric was a great choice. 

Sewing Drapery Panels
While this particular tutorial is just for the blind hem stitch, I did a few things to the other sides of the drapery panels, too. 

Drapery Panel Layout:

  • I measured out the fabric to the length I wanted my drapes along with an extra six inches. Personally, I hang drapes from the ceiling to the floor.
  • The blind hem stitch is used on the bottom of drapes.
  • As I mention in the below video, I used five inches for the blind hem stitch on the bottom of the drape (I like a large bottom hem) and one inch for the top (I actually used a bit extra on these drapes, actually, but one inch on top is my norm).
  • I used the width of my fabric for the width of each drapery panel and did a simple 1/2" double turned seam with a basic stitch on each side. You can see the side of one of my panels in the photo above.
Sewing Hems on Drapes
As I mentioned above, I did things just a bit different on top than my normal 1" seam. Since I was using rings with pinching claws that were a bit rough, I made a larger than usual seam and sewed two basic stitches at the top and bottom of that seam...turning it over 1/2" first to give the raw edge a neater appearance. This was super unconventional and totally based on the rings I used.

Creating a Blind Hem Stitch
The above is how your blind hem stitch will look on the "wrong" side. I created this entire tutorial in video format, to make it easy to follow along.

Blind Hem Stitch Video Tutorial:




Dining Room Curtains
Don't the new drapes look so light and summery in our dining room? If you have any questions about sewing a blind hem stitch, let me know in the comments below.

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2 comments:

  1. Fabulous, thanks for sharing. Hope all is OK with you and your family.

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  2. Those look fantastic! I’m such a sucker for stripes! ❤️

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