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Hand Sewing 101: The Stitches That Everybody Needs to Know

A few decades ago knowing your way around a sewing kit was a must for almost anyone. Hand sewing was a form of art. But nowadays is a rare talent. It’s really a shame since having sewing skills can really save a lot of money on clothes and repairs, plus is a really fun hobby. If this sounds like something that interests you, there are some things that you need to know to get started.

First things first. Your sewing kit needs to have all the necessary items from the get-go. That is unless you want to constantly stop in the middle of a project to do last minute trips to your favourite sewing store. The basics are: multiple threads, you should have a variety of basic colours and the predominant ones on your wardrobe, a pack of hand needles with different sizes, pins, a pair of scissors and if you want a thimble and a needle threader.

You can find a pocket-size sewing kit to carry with you so that you can quickly fix any wardrobe malfunctions. It’s a good idea to include some spare buttons and safety pins too. You’ll find terrific options online.

Once your kit is set, you’ll need to acquaint yourself with all the different stitches there are. Really take the time to learn them since they are the bread and water of any sewist. There are many stitches that you can make by hand, here you’ll find the easiest and useful for the most basic sewing projects. If you find yourself having any doubts regarding stitches, we highly recommend you may even look into some teachings, it will be a helpful tool in case of emergency. But remember, practice makes masters!

Running Stitch For Decorations

This is one of the most basic stitches. All one has to do is go in and out at an equal distance. Be sure to make the stitch as small and even as possible. Also, keep in mind that this stitch is not exactly known for keeping things in place as its mostly not too resistant, but it is great for keeping decorations in place and useful in keeping pieces of a pattern together before a final sewing.

Hemming Stitch for Invisible Sewing

It should be nearly invisible on the front and small, short stitches that shape an “X” on the back, used for the hem on clothes have to be done carefully to avoid any marks also works wonderfully on the hemline of tablecloths and curtains. For better results, press the fabric before you start to work.

Blanket Stitch for Appliqués

It’s used as a decorative stitch on felted toys, sew appliqué and finish raw edges on the fabric. It’s meant to be seen so you can use any thread colour that complements your needlework. It’s a little time consuming but worth it because is very strong and durable. First, to hide the end knot, start in the middle layer of fabric, then begin stabbing from the bottom up and wrap the thread around your needle in the direction you’re sewing and pull the loop shut continue leaving about ¼ inch between stitches.

Slip Stitch for Edges

This is perfect for closing ups, attaching appliqué, down facings or folded fabric edges to another piece of fabric. It supposed to be nearly invisible because most of the stitch requires it to be hidden, for better results use a single thread and try to keep the stitches as neat and small as possible.

Back Stitch for When You Need Strength

If you’re holding seams for insert a zipper by hand this is the stitch you need to do. Is strong, adaptable and permanent. The stitches overlap on the back, the needle goes behind the previous stitch, almost like a sewing machine. Now is only matter of taking the time to do a lot of practice to master this useful stitches for your sewing and decor projects or save money repairing or adjusting your own clothes with this easy instructions.