Monday, July 18, 2016

Two-step blackout blindstitch

I did another remake last week; a repair, actually.
These blackout-lined silk panels were sun-damaged and the homeowner wanted to cut off the damaged part and re-hem the lead edge sides.
A few weeks ago I was experimenting with a way to hem drapery lead edges without pinholes of light coming through the blackout lining.
This was a perfect chance to practice and test my idea.
The return edge was undamaged and didn't need re-sewing, so I did the flashlight test (the only test that is definitive) on the original machine blindstitching, and the result was a lot of bright light coming through each stitch hole.
But on the lead edge, with my stitching method, there was zero light.  Yes, there is a flashlight directly behind the stitches in this photo!- and I'll prove it, at the end of this post.
I used a blind-stitch variation: the same stitch I learned as a girl for hemming skirts.  But for these panels, I made the stitches about 3/8" in from the edge instead of right at the edge as I first learned it.
First I folded two layers of blackout into the side hem along with the silk.
Holding the lead edge folded back, I started a stitch in the fold:
Then dipped down and about 1/8" over to take a stitch in the face/lining:
This creates a staggered line of stitches along the hem, which I'm calling my two-step blackout blindstitch.
Where the needle has made a hole in the blackout, behind that there is another layer of blackout to keep the light out.  When smoothed back down, the lead edge hem is neat and clean.
When I pulled the fold back and did the flashlight test, there was light at every stitch:
Then when I let the fold lay back over the stitching, the light disappeared!


  1. Thank you for taking the time to share this technique!

  2. Thank you for taking the time to share this great technique!

  3. I will be tiring this next week. And I love that it's only the lead edge!!