Blind stitch

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A blind stitch in sewing is a method of joining two pieces of fabric so that the stitch thread is invisible, or nearly invisible.

There are several techniques for creating a blind stitch by hand sewing. A common technique used to create a hem, or "blind hem", hides the stitches on both sides of the garment.[1] The sewer catches only a few threads of the fabric each time the needle is pulled through the fabric. Other techniques hide the stitch within the folds of the fabric, so that the thread is only visible when the folded material is pulled away. A slip stitch or catch stitch can be used to create the blind stitch, except that they are worked inside the hem, 18 to 14 inch (3.2 to 6.4 mm) away from the edge of the hem fabric.[2]

A sewing machine can also create a blind hem. In this case, a specialty presser foot is needed. A zigzag stitch technique may be used with a sewing machine to create a blind stitch.

Blind stitch variant of the zigzag stitch

"Blind stitch" can also refer to a stitch that does not go all the way through the material, and can be used in stitching waterproof seams in neoprene[3][4] and kamiks.[5]


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  3. ^ "Wetsuit stitching and seams explained in detail". Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  4. ^ "How Neoprene Is Stitched". Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  5. ^ "III.2: INUIT CLOTHING/SHELTER 2. Summer ~ People of the Arctic by John Tyman". Retrieved 15 December 2018.