Slip or blind stitching is a method of sewing a hem or trimming by invisible stitches. It has probably derived its name from the fact that the needle is slipped between two pieces of material and joins them together by a long and a short running stitch, which cannot be seen on either side.

Slip-stitching requires much practice and delicate handling of the material; puckering and insecure stitching being common faults.

Careful pressing of the hem with a cool iron will improve its appearance.


ILL. 22. - Slip or Blind Stitching, with the Needle in Position.

Advanced work.

Matekials. - These materials are required: A piece of flannel or common cloth of sufficient size to illustrate the lesson; fine sewing silk; sharp needles No. 9; tape measure.

1.   Fold and crease a hem one inch wide.

2.  Baste about one-fourth of an inch from the edge with even basting. (If the material is wiry, it will be necessary to baste each turn separately.)

3.   Make a very small knot.

4.   Hide the knot by taking the needle through the under part of the fold, close to the end.

5.   Take up two or three threads of cloth, and before drawing the needle through take one-fourth of an inch of the under edge of the fold. See Illustration No. 22.

6.   Bring the needle out at the edge; draw the thread gently.

7.   Fasten the end of the thread securely.

Mistakes Likely to Occur in Slip-Stitching.

1.   Stitches which show through on the right side.

2.  Hem not properly prepared, and consequently somewhat twisted when finished.

Milliner's Hem.*

A milliner's hem may be considered a sort of blind stitching ; it slightly resembles a catch stitch, but does not cross at the angles.

It is much used in securing the edges of velvet and similar fabrics.

Materials. - The materials required are the same as for slip-stitching.

*Advanced work.


ILL. 23. - Milliner's Hem.

1.   Turn down the hem one inch. (This hem is only given one turn.)

2.  Hold the hem upside down.

3.   Take a small stitch through the turn of the hem. .

4.   Take another small stitch, a little forward and through the material, just above the hem.

5.   These stitches must not show through on the right side.

6.   Work from right to left.

7.   Continue in this manner, being careful to draw the thread lightly. See Illustration 'No. 23.

8.   Fasten with a backstitch.

Mistakes Likely to Occur in Milliner's Hem.

1.   The stitches showing on right side of garment.

2.   Stitches made too close together.

3.  Hem twisted, especially if made on the bias.