I use it a lot for edgestitching, but I wanted to show you the intended use today: a machine blind hem. When would you use this type of hemming? It works best on a straight hem (a circle skirt or an A-line skirt would be difficult). Especially when it's a gathered skirt and you don't want to take the time to hand stitch it, but you also don't want the stitches to show.Start by pressing the hem up 1/2"
Fold again for the completed hem length and press.
Fold the hem back towards the front, leaving 1/4" hanging over the crease and pin in place.
All sewing machines have the blindstitch under the basic stitches, regardless of how fancy your machine is. It's a solid, basic stitch that looks like this:
Now lets take a look at the blindhem foot. What makes it different is the guiding bar the goes right down the center like a knife cutting a slice of cake (see how I worked that in there?) The needle is going to be jumping back and forth over it, taking little bites out of the fabric, so do not adjust the needle position (left or right).
What you can adjust is the stitch width. The running stitch will be on the inner hem fold on the right. The little "bites" of the zig zag will jump over the center bar and grab just a tiny bit of fabric from the right side of the hem that runs along the bar. This should be a small amount that it's biting into. If you do a sample (which I recommend), make it on the same fabric because a thicker fabric will need a wider length to make sure it grabs enough fabric, while something thin will need a narrower stitch to avoid too much thread showing through on the right side.
You can do this with a regular foot, but it's left up to you where you feed the fabric through instead of guiding it along the plate of the foot. This is what it will look like when you finish (on the inside of the hem):
Unfold the hem and you can see it a bit better on the wrong side.
Turn over and press the crease out and....what....where are your stitches? Are you blind? Sorry, couldn't resist that one. They should be pretty much invisible, as they ought to. Look at you now, getting all professional!
Have a wonderful weekend!
ps I don't normally post on weekends, but I'm loving this instagram thing! (Maybe too much?)
pps it's the last week to put your name in the hat for the Tinkerbell DVD set.