When you discover a popped off button, a torn seam or other such situations, what is the one thing that comes to mind? Hand stitches! At some point in our lives, sewing by hand is a skill we wish would have learned – or at least learned a bit better. But, as they say, “better late than never!”
Basic hand sewing can get most of the simple sewing jobs done without even involving a sewing machine. If you know these 6 hand sewn stitches and how to execute them, you’ll be able to distinguish what stitch works best and where best to use the particular hand sewing stitch.
Before we start, you must know the basic materials that will be needed for each kind of stitch, starting from the needle, thread, scissors, and perhaps cloth. Another basic instruction that one must remember is ironing or pre-washing fabric that needs to be sewn.
The slip stitch is an invisible stitch so it would be ideal for finishing hems. Don’t forget to use a thread that matches the colour of your fabric. Need to close up a handmade pillow? Learn the simple steps of slip stitch to get it done. Have a fine garment to stitch? Try using slip stitch technique for it.
As its name suggests, a ‘running’ stitch is made by just running the needle and thread through the layers of garment sans back stitching. So, when it comes to attaching fabric, this common basting stitch, i.e. the running stitch, is the quickest and easiest technique. This hand sewing stitch appears to be the same on each side of the fabric. To temporarily hold two pieces of fabric together, sew longer lengths, but for a stronger seam, stitch shorter stitches.
Want to know a decorative stitch? It’s none other than the blanket stitch. Being the most visible stitch, blanket stitch joins fabrics together in an embellished fashion. Have you ever seen the edges of a blanket or felted toy? They are stitched with a blanket stitch. You are free to use any thread colour that seems best on your fabric. Get to know the complete procedure of blanket stitch.
Whipstitch is a fast, short, diagonal hand stitch, similar to a blanket stitch. Used for a myriad of purposes including quilting, appliqué making, finishing the sides of pillows and cushions, hemming window treatments or the sides of carpets, whipstitch is a popular hand sewing method. Need an invisible whipstitch? Just do it from the wrong side! Or want a decorative whip stitch? Well, then, do it from the right side!
When it comes to stitching together layers that require a lot of strength you should stick to backstitching. A backstitch is a tiny, yet very strong stitch. Is your next project home décor? The backstitch hand sewn technique will help you attempt basic embroidery or other designs for your home-sweet-home.
Small, short and semi-invisible stitches are just perfect for hems that require flexibility or easing in. Apart from hems, catchstitch is the right technique to learn for working on circular items such as tablecloths, for attaching thick facing to the hemline such as on a sofa cover, and for stitching a lining into your curtains.