No disrespect to the technique is intended; it simply does not work well for me - I'm clumsy with a needle - or the type of clothes I sew. On the long, full skirts common to goth fashion, it takes for-freaking-ever to hand-sew a blind hem. But it takes only seconds to rip one out! Blind hems are loosely sewn and it’s easy to catch your hem on your boot buckle or heel and rip the stitches right out.
|hand-sewn blind hem (source)|
First, set the serger to a narrow stitch and run the fabric through. Unless you want to shorten the garment, position the serger knife so that it just slightly trims the edge. Serge all the way around the hem.
You could call it a day at that point, especially if you used a very narrow stitch. I usually add trim using the zipper foot on my regular sewing machine. Depending on the type of trim, you may or may not need to fold up the hem. For ribbon or tape trim, no folding is required. Just stitch the ribbon/tape to the fabric, right side up.
|grommet tape trim sewn to right side of fabric|
This white lace has a pattern almost to the edge, so I stitch it to the right side of the fabric, no folding.
With most lace, I fold the fabric. With the fabric right side down, I fold over about 1/4 or 1/2 inch (depending on the size of the lace). I place the lace on top of the fold and stitch. I do this section by section as I’m sewing, no pins needed!
|first, fold fabric|
|then place trim over fold and stitch|
From the right side of the fabric, the stitches are visible but not obvious.
|finished hem example 1|
|finished hem example 2|