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If you stitch it carefully (and use a thread that matches the fabric colour) it can be virtually invisible. If, like me, you tend to step on and break your hem stitches you can add a little backstitch or knot every so often to secure them.


Really useful stitch - Blind stitch: A blind stitch is a hemming stitch, but is also really useful for attaching things like labels, facings, and finishing a binding.


Firstly pin your hem (this one is folded under, then folded again so the raw edges are enclosed), leaving space to fold the hem edge back.


Now take a tiny, tiny stitch in the garment fabric, up to 0.5cm to the left of your starting stitch.


Starting on a seam allowance of the hem turning if possible, fold a little of the hem back and stitch a few times in the same spot to secure your thread.


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Keep taking a stitch from the hem turning, then a tiny stitch from the garment fabric.


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