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Hemming is often the last stage of a project. It’s a step I look forward to as there is nothing more satisfying than taking a seam that yields that beautifully finished edge. As always, it helps ensure perfect results to have the right tools and notions in place. In this article we will review 3 basic hem styles (techniques).

Before we start hemming…here are some general guidelines, regardless of the style of hem:

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With these guidelines in mind, let’s explore three different ways to hem. Together, these 3 techniques cover the bulk of hemming scenarios.

This type of hem is perfect for applications where bulk is to be avoided. Linings of various types for garments, curtains, etc. come to mind.

Fabric preparation:

TIP: Whenever possiblebaby pillow set, stitch the hem with the hem allowance ‘down’ and against the feed dog. Since the hem allowance is more prone to stretching (being near cut edges) the feed dog will keep it in check and feed it more evenly with the project.

Note: The companion video for this post used a 4 Series BERNINA machine which does not have Dual Feed as one of its features. However, if your machine has dual feed capability, do take advantage of it. Using Reverse Pattern foot #1D with Dual Feed will help feed both layers together for best results.

The result is a clean looking hem without bulk.

While a simple turned hem is expeditious and has many applications, it is not the best choice when a subtle finish is desired. Couture applications come to mind. In French, a blind hem is known as an ‘invisible’ hem. It yields a hem where no stitching is showing on the right side of the garment. The advantages of the blind hem are:

A good application for the blind hem, in addition to fine hemming on garments, is for curtain hems. Curtain hems can pose a challenge if stitched through all layers such as with a simple turned hem. It can then pucker up and hang unevenly, since the stitching stiffens the hem (which is normal), preventing it from flowing with the rest of the curtain. A blind hem lets you release that stiffness and lets the bottom of the curtain hang smoothly.

For examples of blind hem stitching and applications, see the list here on

Fabric preparation: same as for the Simple Turned Hem

TIP: What makes BERNINA’s blind hem special is the design of the foot. As the zig-zag stitch crosses over the metal guide in the center of the foot, it creates a bit of slack in the stitch due to the small elevation of the guide. That’s the secret sauce! When the hem is allowed to unfold after stitching that little bit of slack lets it hang completely flat, without puckers and without any tugging.

When finished, the stitches on the hem are only visible on the hem allowance on the wrong side of the project.

The result is an elegant finish similar to a hand-picked hem.

From the right side, there appears to be no stitches, since they are buried in the fold and don’t come through the layer.

The hem of your jeans comes to mind first, and that is a good example to keep in mind for double hems.

They are indeed sturdy and durable since no raw edges are left exposed, which also makes them ideal for edging flags and banners that are subject to wear and tear.

This type of hem is simple to sew with good results as long as we keep in mind a couple of factors.

Note: This example is for a 1/2-inch finished hem, using a 1-inch hem allowance.

?Fabric preparation:

This hem will be turned twice, but there is definitely a preferred way to turning it:

Note: When tucking in the raw edge of the hem allowance, resist the urge to push it against the inside fold. Keep a slight gap of about 1/16th of an inch between the raw edge and the inside fold. This will yield 2 benefits:

This will yield a beautiful hem on heavy and/or bulky fabrics. This method is great for hemming jeans and for tote bags, home deck projects, especially for edges that are subject to heavy use and wear.

And talking of heavy/bulky fabrics… sometimes the triple layers can get very bulky and hard to stitch through. Think double turned layers of heavy canvas, top edges of tote bags where webbing might even be stitched on top of the hem. In such cases, you can rely on BERNINA engineering to offer a simple solution.

These two elements, in combination with Jeans foot #8/8D are engineered to keep the needle aligned with the stitch hole in the plate and prevent broken needles.

Remember to ‘feed the seam’ – when sewing thicker layers (or multiple layers) use a longer stitch length between 3 to 4 mm. A longer stitch will allow the thread to properly travel through the layers and form the first stitch before the next one gets formed.

There you have it. Between a precision machine like a BERNINA and the precisely engineered accessories to complement it, you have the best ticket for successful sewing, all the way down to the hem.

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