This section is from the book "School Needlework. A Course of Study in Sewing designed for use in Schools", by Olive C. Hapgood. Also available from Amazon: School Needlework: A Course Of Study In Sewing Designed For Use In Schools.
A slip or blind-stitch is used to fasten a hem lightly.
1. Fold and crease a hem half-an-inch wide.
2. Baste about a fourth of an inch from the edge.
3. Make a small knot in the thread.
4. Conceal the knot by drawing the needle through the under part of the fold, one-eighth of an inch from the end.
5. Take up one or two threads of the cloth, and before drawing the needle through, take up one-fourth of an inch of the edge of the fold.
6. Continue in this manner, being careful not to draw the thread tightly.
7. Fasten securely.
For what is a slip or blind-stitch used? How are the stitches taken?