of all of the possible hems out there, the blind hem is definitely my personal favorite. believe it or not, it's actually quite forgiving, which makes it a great option for thin fabrics and knits as well as quilting cottons. and once you get the hang of the seemingly tricky fold you need to make it all come together, you'll wonder why you didn't learn it sooner!
1. beginning at center front of skirt, stitch with a gathering stitch 1/2" away from raw edge, ending at center back of skirt. starting about an inch away from where last stitch ended, stitch from the center back to center front, ending about 1" before the first stitch starts.
2. gather the stitches ever-so-slightly to account for the curve in the skirt, mostly at the edges. in some cases, simply the process of stitching will gather the fabric enough.
3. turn skirt inside out. fold up bottom edge (wrong sides together) and press along stitching line.
4. fold up bottom edge by 3/4" and press.
5. beginning with hem folded and pressed in place, fold under so that the right sides are together, and inside of hem sticks out below fold approximately 1/4". pin folded hem in place. (pause or replay slideshow to see in detail, or you can view the individual photos here.)
6. continue around hem in same manner, folding and pinning so that entire hem is folded evenly and pinned in place.
7. attach your blind hem presser foot and set machine to blind hem stitch, per manufacturer's directions.
8. with wrong side of garment facing up, begin stitching with the center bar of the blind hem foot aligned with fold as shown. most of your stitches will fall on the right side of this bar (and stitch only through the interior portion of your folded hem), while every fifth or sixth stitch will zigzag over to stitch through all layers.
9. when finished, the line you have just stitched will look like the photo above. turn your garment over to the right side and it will look like the photo below, with the hem folded up over the exterior of the skirt.
10. fold the hem down. you will see little lines where the thread caught all of the layers of fabric.
11. press well... don't be afraid to tug on the hem to get the stitches to pull through and lay flat.
and there you have it, a beautiful (curved, even!!) blind hem. note: i am perfectly happy to be held responsible for the fact that you will soon want to blind hem all. the. things. don't try to hide it. blind hem and be proud!