Tips and Tutorials on the 22nd – #51 – Blind Hem Hanging Sleeve

Welcome to this month’s edition of Tips and Tutorials on the 22nd where we share our favorite quilting or sewing tips and tutes! I have been a little quiet. As you read this boxes will be loaded into a truck and the following day it will be all delivered to Maine. It will be good to have our things together, and sewing can resume! Since it is show season for people, I thought I would share an older tutorial that Gail reminded of and is a great one – use your blind hem for attaching your hanging sleeve!

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Blind Hem Tutorial

So why do quilter’s need a blind hem? For a hanging sleeve!

I have used my blind hem stitch before – mostly for curtains and maybe a hem or two (I don’t do much garment sewing any longer). It is a terrific thing to know how to use.

A few things to consider:

  • If the quilt will always be hung, I sometimes include the top edge of the sleeve in the binding.
  • If I decide to have one that is removable, I could still use a straight stitch for the top of the sleeve (maybe longer than normal) on the quilt, very near the binding – no one will probably notice. But if you are unsure, do the blind hem on both sides!
  • If it is for a competition, I don’t think that I would use this method, I don’t know how judges would react.
  • Make a test swatch before you begin on your quilt. Its kind of an tricky fold but once you get it – you will love it
  • Use invisible thread, in the will make it invisible!

Blind Hem Tutorial

1. Get out your sewing machine manual to see if your machine does the stitch. Here are the settings for my machines.

-Bernina 440 QE: Foot #5, Stitch #7, Zig Zag Width 3.4, Stitch Length 2.4
-Janome 3160 DC: Foot G, Stitch #13, Zig Zag Width .6, Stitch Length 2.0

Blind Hem Stitch – Zig zag on left, straight stitch on right.

2. Place the pieces flat on the table or ironing board, with back of quilt facing up.

3. Place the hanging sleeve on the quilt and pin on the edge you are not sewing

4. Take the quilt to the sewing machine. Flip the quilt over so the hanging sleeve is face down on the machine bed, the front of the quilt is facing you.

5. Fold the quilt away from the hanging sleeve, so there is 1/4-1/8″ of the sleeve showing, the quilt is to the right of the sleeve folded on itself. It looks like the picture above.

Close up of proper positioning of hanging sleeve – teal on far right is hanging sleeve, and green is the back of the quilt. the other teal piece with stitching is the binding at the top of the quilt.

6. My machines seem to secure the stitch as you begin, but I keep an extra length of thread to knot and bury for insurance.

7. Check after a few stitches to be sure that the stitches are catching the quilt, and are not showing through. If they are showing, you may want to shorten the width of the zig zag stitch.

8. I do press the knot stitch at the end. You may want to keep a little length of the thread, to knot and bury if it is a heavier quilt.

9. For the bottom of the sleeve, you will position the quilt a little differently. You will have more of the back of the quilt showing.

10. You can remove the pins that were holding the bottom of the sleeve in place. Fold the quilt away from the sleeve, so that you see 1/8-1/4″ of the sleeve. Begin stitching

11. Your choice to use the knotting function on the machine or leave some thread to knot and bury at the end.

Blind Hem on Hanging Sleeve

Viola, your sleeve is sewn on! It is so fast. Why I haven’t done it this way before? Who knows, but I will be doing it this way for most quilts now.

If you have any questions or comments on this tutorial, please email me! And remember, support your local shows….more on that maybe later this week. I did sneak in a show last week and have a few things to share.

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Coming Up on My Blog

Purple Passion is on the frame and I am participating in Sandra’s Luminous Layers QAL so there will be some information on it, soon.

Purple Passion
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Stash Busting

Fabric in this month: 4 yards
Fabric out this month: 7 yards (friend received quilt)
Fabric in this year: 6 yards
Fabric out this year: 40.75 yards
NET Fabric:   -37.75 yards [3 yards more than last time]

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  1. April 22, 2024 / 8:06 AM

    Looks really neat Kathleen! Hope you have a great week.

  2. April 22, 2024 / 9:49 AM

    That is really clever. I have not played with that stitch on my machine, so will have to check that out.

  3. Chrisknits
    April 22, 2024 / 1:16 PM

    The effort to add hanging sleeves is why I rarely add hanging sleeves! This is ingenious!

  4. April 22, 2024 / 8:09 PM

    What an interesting technique, Kathleen. I’ve always added the second side by hand. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting
    April 22, 2024 / 8:19 PM

    Clever technique, Kathleen! I usually just use an extra long stitch and clear thread.

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