Creating of a blind stitch in two steps (cross section and top view)

A blind stitch in sewing is a method of joining two pieces of fabric so that the stitch thread is invisible (or nearly invisible) during the normal use of the finished product. Blind stitching uses a folded edge of the fabric to hide the stitches; therefore, this type of stitch can be used to create a blind hem or to join two folded edges together.[1]

Blind hem stitches are completely hidden when the garment is viewed from the outside, and almost completely hidden on the inside as well.[2] The sewer catches only a few threads of the fabric each time the needle is pulled through the fabric, which means that the majority of the stitching is hidden inside the hem.

Blind stitching is useful when joining two folded edges together, as the thread is only visible when the folded material is pulled away. This technique allows the sewer to invisibly attach pockets, facings and trimmings to a garment.[1]

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.[3]

A sewing machine can also create a blind hem. In this case, a specialty presser foot is needed and the sewer must select the stitch pattern dedicated to blind hems.[4] A zigzag stitch technique may be used with a sewing machine to create a blind stitch.

When sewing relatively thick material, a blind stitch that hits very close to the fold will enter and exit on the same side of the material, without puncturing the other side; this type of stitching can be used to make waterproof seams in neoprene[5][6] and kamiks.[7]


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  2. ^ Lampe, Clotilde (2004). Clotilde's Sew Smart: How To Achieve The Look Of Expensive Readytowear. DRG Wholesale. pp. 2–18. ISBN 9780974821702.
  3. ^ Colgrove, Debbie (2011). Teach Yourself VISUALLY Sewing. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 9781118153376.
  4. ^ Johns, Susie (2016). How to Machine Sew. United Kingdom: GMC Publications Ltd. p. 32. ISBN 9781784940935.
  5. ^ "Wetsuit stitching and seams explained in detail". Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  6. ^ "How Neoprene Is Stitched". Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  7. ^ "III.2: INUIT CLOTHING/SHELTER 2. Summer ~ People of the Arctic by John Tyman". Retrieved 15 December 2018.