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Does anyone know anything about the Greist blind stitch hemmer? It's looks to be a smallish yellowish attachment that could be used for machine applique also, maybe? Originally came in a box with a blue thimble. There seems to be several versions numbered from style 1-6 which I assume are for different types of machines but I am not even sure about that. I have been researching these but so far have found very little on them. So of course now I am very curious if there is one I could use on a Singer short shank or other machines I may own. Maybe one of you has one and has experience using it. Thanks if you can offer any information on them.
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Style 1 would work with low shank. It would be very similar to the Singer blind stitch attachment. I used to have one but never really used it.
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Violet,  Thanks for the reply and information. I saw a video of this attachment in action and it looked like it was easier to maneuver than the Singer attachment especially curves and such. BTW, my son who is a chef lives in your city. He seems to love it there!
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Good luck with the attachment!

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A blue thimble???  Huh, my box only has the thumb screw with the attachment and instruction leaflet.  I'm missing out!  And mine doesn't have a number on the box or attachment that would indicate what machine it would fit.  It looks like it's a slant shank, but I haven't tried it out - it needs a bit of clean-up first.  But, if you do find one that has Style info on it, Greist did seem to have their Style 1 attachments fit the low-shank machines, like Violet said.  Do you need a copy of the instructions?  They're not much, but I do have the small leaflet that came with it.

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Ericka,  I don't really know if they all came with a blue metal (I think) thimble but I have seen some that either have that or say that it is missing. It sounds like the style 1 maybe is for the low-shank machine then. I don't actually own one yet so don't need instructions but was thinking I might like to get one to try with machine applique. Guess I will have to keep searching for more info. Thanks for the response. Let me know if you give it a go.
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Since I don't know much about applique, what would make a blind stitch better than a zigzagger for it?
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Greist Button Sew On and Greist Blind Stitch Hemmer - Open Boxes.jpg 

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Yep that one on the left is the one I was asking about. Have you used it for applique? I am interested in whether it does make it easier to go around curves. I was under the impression that this made a better look than using the zigzagger but I certainly could be wrong .... and have been in the past. [biggrin]
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It doesn't have the guide on it, but there's also a greist "decorative" zigzagger, you put different stitch discs on. One of the options is blind stitch.

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KLO, you're not by any chance confusing the blind hem stitch with the blanket stitch are you? Many people use the blanket stitch for applique, but when doing the blind hem stitch what you're actually seeing while it sews is the BACK side of the stitch.

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In the book for the decorative zigzagger, it does talk about using the blind hem stitch for applique. You just don't fold the material. Also, they call it a tack stitch, but the picture looks like blind stitch.
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I have the Greist decorative zigzagger with the discs as Violet showed.  I don't have just the blind hemmer though.  My experience with either the zigzag attachment or the Singer blind hem attachment is that the guiding of material takes some practice to get skilled but once you have it down they are fun to use.

I like using the blind stitch for different applications other than hemming.  For example, one can do beautiful couching using speciality yarns with the blind stitch - it's not so heavy as couching with zigzag.  Also, I've even used the Singer blind stitch attachment for seaming and when you pull the seam apart you get a fagotting effect.  You can even use this stitch for overcasting in some applications.

I think for appliqué one would need to have developed a good skill in guiding the cloth.

These attachments, for me, are fun to use and especially to complete a project in its entirety on a straight stitch machine.  I've always been impressed with the Greist attachments - the decorative zigzagger is very nice.
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Ah yes, Violet, I have recently seen that "decorative" zigzagger and thought it would be a neat attachment to own and use.
Cari, I am generally a confused sewer but what I did see what using the blind hemmer for applique as Violet described where you don't fold the material as you would if working on sewing a hem. Now remember I have not used either of these attachments but am just thinking about how I "could" use them. As Chaly mentioned, I do think guiding the fabric correctly would be the challenge and take some practice. Afterall, on the straight stitch only machine, the fabric is what is moved to make the stitch unlike on fancier machines where the needle actually does the moving. Yea, I can definitely see where that would be a challenge and take a while to master. Not sure where my fascination started with this attachment but with lots of time to think these days, I am drawn to the idea of using the blind hemmer for applique. We will see ....
And thanks for the great information from all of you!
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I forgot to mention that I used my Swiss zigzagger's blind stitch cam on a quilt as you go project - photos in this thread: https://www.victoriansweatshop.com/post/walking-foot-10498415?pid=1311320234

It is kind of like the effect you would get if you appliquéd.  Compared to my Singer blind stitch attachment the Swiss zigzagger performed equally.  You can set the width of the "bite" stitches and also the stitch length to customize.  One can even get something that looks like a blanket stitch if the settings are appropriate.  I'm assuming the Griest would operate on the same principles.  Going slow and around angled shapes I could manage the fabric just fine - the Swiss zigzagger doesn't have the blind stitch guide on the presser foot.  I would think that doing curves would be a whole different experience.

Obviously, if you have a machine with cams or built-in stitches, this would accomplish the same thing easier - but it is great fun to use these attachments to get nice results and to also have the satisfaction that your project was all done on a straight stitch machine - for those purists out there!




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Oh, I remember seeing your post about the quilt as you go project. Went back to read it again. Cute quilt by the way. I do believe the Greist is adaptable to make a different look such as the blanket stitch also but since I don't have one, I don't know for sure. Still checking around to see if there is more information on this accessory.
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