Hand sewing techniques

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This week, I’m going to be showing you some essential hand sewing techniques.

First of all I’m going to show you how I tie a knot at the end of my thread before starting to sew. There are a few different ways to do this but I wrap the end of the thread around my finger a few times and roll it off to create a knot.

Running stitch is the first technique I’m going to be showing you. It’s one of the most basic stitches created by simply running the needle and thread through the layers of fabric. Running stitch is often used for quick fixes, joining fabric temporarily rather than pinning or gathering bulky fabrics. It's easy and fast and fast to remove as well.

Backstitch is a very strong stitch and the closest hand stitch to using a sewing machine. It is often used to repair or sew garments, you can also use it for embroidery or appliqué. I’m starting with the knot at the back of the fabric then going back into the fabric about 2-3mm behind then coming through in front and going back to the beginning of my last stitch. I’m going to repeat this all the way along, trying to keep my stitches small and tight together.

Blanket Stitch can be used as a decorative stitch or to hem materials. I’m starting off with pushing the needle through from in between both layers of fabric. I then bring the needle over the fabric and through again from the back, before I pull the thread tight I’m looping the needle through the loop that forms at the back then pulling tight. As it’s decorative stitch and designed to be seen you want to keep your stitches neat and consistent.

Hemming Stitch also known as a blind stitch or slip stitch. I use this all the time for heming garments like smart trousers or skirts when you don’t want the stitches to be seen. For this example I have folded the fabric over twice the same way I would do a hem then I’m starting with the needle in the fold to hide my knot. I'm going to catch the smallest bit of the outer fabric in my needle and then catch a small amount from under the fold. You want to match your thread as close in colour to the fabric, here I’m using red thread so it’s clearer for you. Ideally, your stitches are barely visible from the right side.

Hope you found this useful!

Sophie x

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