The main use for Blindstitch Foot #5 is sewing a blind hem. The goal is to stitch a hem that lies flat and does not pucker. Because the guide extends down the middle of the foot, the needle must form the stitch over it as the hem is sewn. This makes a loose stitch, which in this case is a good thing. The extra slack in the thread lets the fabric lie flat without puckering once the hem is stitched.

How to Sew A Blind Hem

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icon This diagram shows how the blind stitch sews in relation to the fabric and the presser foot. Note the guide in the center of the foot – this rides along the fold as the needle stitches into the hem allowance (straight stitches) and zigzags into the garment. With a permanent guide like this one, the needle position is adjusted as needed for proper stitch placement. Many blind hem feet have a moveable guide; with these the guide and fabric are moved to adjust the “bite” of the stitch.

icon Bernina 008449.73.00 Foot #5 Blindstitch New

icon This is a blind hem stitch – straight, straight, straight, hop to the left, straight, etc. Check your owner’s manual to find this stitch on your sewing machine.

March 25, 2019, Susan Beck At first glance, Blindstitch Foot #5 and Edgestitch Foot #10/10C/10D appear to be the same. A closer look shows differences in the feet that relate to the purpose of each one. I use both of these presser feet on my B790 PLUS and they can be used on any BERNINA sewing machine model. The Center Guides: Each of these feet has a metal blade that acts as a guide down the center of the foot. Both guides are attached to the feet with springs. This makes them flexible, so it is easier to move over seams as you stitch. Look at them from the bottom of the sole and you’ll see that the guide on Foot #5 extends back through the needle opening of the foot, where there is a curve in the guide. The guide on Foot #10 stops at the needle opening. The diagram below shows the guides extending to the back in red.