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Use a blind hem stitch for a curtain.

Our son asked me to shorten a standardsize curtain. He wants to hide a storage rack when having online meetings. It is visible behind his back in his home office. It’s probably not an ideal finishing for a curtain, but I thought I’d use a blind hem stitch for a curtain. And I think it was a succes.

A blind hem stitch for a curtain Bernina blindstitch foot 5


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Let’s start for the blind hem in the curtain.

I ironed a fold in the curtain at the desired length and measured 15 cm for the seam. I cut off the extra fabric.

In the 15 cm seam was a 2 cm seam allowance included. So I folded that in and pinned.

A quick ironing over the fold (not over the pins) helps to work neatly.


What is a blind hem stitch?

When you sew a blind hem, your machine will make several straight stitches on the seam of the fabric. Every 6th stitch is a stitch to the left. The needle takes a thread, or half a thread of the fabric on the right side of the curtain (or garment).

Here’s more information:

Always try on an extra scrap of the same fabric to set the stitch properties.

These were my settings ( maximum stitch length, because it is a heavy weight fabric):

To prepare the curtain for stitching, I turned it over on the table. Can you see the seam is on the table and the curtain is on top? To pin the curtain, I fold it back down and I can see the inner side of the seam.

Pinning the seam from side to side. The edge on the seam where I will sew, is only 0,5 cm wide.

It’s time to sew the blind hem stitch on the curtain:

blind hem stitch Bernina curtain

On the back you can see the straight stitches on the seam:

The stiching is invisible on the front:

Blind hem stitch foot Bernina blindstitch

The result is a succes:

A blind hem stitch for a curtain Bernina

I’m pleased with it! Use a blind hem stitch for a curtain, it works well!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to Complete: Evening
Used Material: cotton, fabric, heavy weight fabric, Mettler Seralon sewing thread
Used Products:
Blindstitch Foot #5
Blindstitch Foot #5

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