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Blind hemmer


Questions & answers on the Baby Lock blind hemmer.

 

Q: What does the fabric depth adjustment do?
A: The depth relates to the height of the cloth lifter to the needle.

0 = farthest away ( thickest fabric)
6 = closest thinnest fabric)

You are actually raising the cloth lifter. If the fabric is so thin that the needle hits or skims the cloth lifter or needle guide plate or doesn't catch the bottom fabric, then a piece of tear-away stabilizer or tissue paper should be placed below the fabric. This will raise it for a good bite of the fabric and cause no damage to the machine.

Q: I have a problem hemming over heavy seams. The machine jams every time.
A: When hemming heavy fabrics stop when you come to the seam and "walk" the seam through by turning the hand wheel by hand. Make sure to use the correct size needle. Do not use larger than size 12 needle.

Q: I am trying to hem sheer curtains and the fabric is puckering. Can I blind hem sheer curtains?
A: 1. Try loosening the tension.
2. Fold the hem twice for more support.
3. Try using a smaller needle. Suggestion: size 9
4. Use a finer thread such as cotton embroidery thread for an almost invisible hem.

Q: What suggestions can you give me for hemming a lightweight fabric on the Baby Lock Blind Hemmer?
A: Change the needle to size 9 or 11. Engage the skip mechanism on the right hand side of the machine. When engaged it will not catch every other stitch. It is perfect for hemming lightweight fabrics. For best results, fine tune the stitch depth, and stitch length settings to the weight of the fabric. If the fabric puckers, loosen the tension. On lightweight cottons fold hem up twice. With the skipped mechanism engaged you can achieve a hand picked look that is commonly used in heirloom sewing. Remember to disengage the skip mechanism on regular fabrics.

Q: What is the best needle to use in my Baby Lock Blind Hemmer?
A: HAX1SP is the best needle system for this machine. The only difference from household needles and the HAX1SP, is they are nickel-plated and they will last longer. Use a size 9 or 11. The manufacturer suggests a needle no larger than size 12. Because the needle does not penetrate the fabric from top to bottom it is not necessary to use a large needle in the machine.

Q: I love my Baby Lock Blind Hemming machine! However recently it started skipping stitches. Any suggestions?
A: If you have not changed the needle recently, that is the first thing to do. HAX1SP is the best needle system for this machine. The only difference from household needles and the HAX1SP, is they are nickel-plated and they will last longer. Use a size 9 or 11. The manufacturer suggests a needle no larger than size 12. Because the needle does not penetrate the fabric from top to bottom it is not neccessary to use a large needle in the machine.