With so many different models and kinds of sewing machines available today, not many of us sew by hand anymore but there are still some people out there who enjoy and prefer to keep things simple and use the classic method of sewing. If you are one of those or just wish to try out sewing by hand then our 10 Hand Sewing Techniques will hopefully make things easier and enjoyable for you.
Ten Incredible Hand Sewing Techniques:
1. Tying a Proper Knot
The first and foremost step when it comes to hand sewing is tying the proper knot at the end of your thread. A perfectly ended knot may not be crucial to your work, but it definitely makes it look elegant afterwards. An easy way to get a proper knot without having to practice it a hundred times is to do it this way-
Gently make a ring by the end of your thread around your finger about 1 to 2 times (3 if you want). Then use your thumb to push out the thread and then tug on the looped part of your string. You’ll have a knot by the end of your thread by then unless you want it in a different place. If that’s the case, proceed to perform the same steps again, but just a bit higher or lower on the thread this time.
2. How to put the Thread into the Needle eye
After getting the right knot, we now need to push it through a needle. And this is frustrating to more or less every hand sewer. Sometimes the end is just too blunt. For this, try folding your knotted thread into half and then push the sharp corner point formed through the needle. It’s very simple.
Okay, so we covered how to tie a knot and then pushing it through a needle eye the easy way. Carrying on, we can now learn some simple but effective sewing tips and techniques in stitches and other areas which are doable for both amateurs and pros alike.
3. The Running Stitch
It’s very easy to create this stitch by hand as well as with the help of machines. For hand sewers, the only things you have to do include-
Sew in and out of your desired fabric in your desired stitching length in a straight line. The distance between your stitching lines is totally up to your choice. Knot down your stitch when you’re complete.
4. Whip Stitch
Another easy stitching technique is the Whip Stitch. This method is kind of similar to a book binding. It’s just a bunch of diagonal swirls. All you have to do is-
First, pull up your thread through your fabric on top but make sure the knotted part stays in between your two fabrics. Next, go through the second fabric and make sure your thread comes out from the same place you started with at first. Your needle should be out from the bottom again by creating a diagonal stitch by the sides of the fabric. Keep on doing the same steps until you’ve reached the end.
5. Catch Stitch
The Catch Stitch method is effective when you need to work on circular fabrics. But one important advice here is that with this technique, start sewing from the left-hand side, instead of the right which is generally the side typical sewing starts from. So anyways, to achieve this stitch all you have to do is-
Push your needle through your fabric from the left-hand corner and then proceed to make a diagonal line to the next part of your cloth. Carefully pull the thread away again just for a few centimeters if you want and make a diagonal stitch all the way back to the first cloth. Continue this for the entire length of your fabric because basically, all you want to achieve is a wave like a shape all over your cloth as the end result.
6. The Slip Stitch
The Slip Stitch is generally used to create hidden seams between folds in order to hold it back together again. To achieve this hidden look, your first steps should be-
Making sure your fabric is completely flat, so it’s better to flat iron it at first, then pull your needle from under the fold so that the knot created is well hidden from sight. Take the needle out of the fold after that and grab a bit of the cloth from underneath the opposite side of your cloth. Carefully take out your needle and make the same insertion to the opposite side and keep repeating the entire process until you get your desired look.
7. Blind Hem Stitch
The next technique we have is the Blind Hem Stitch which is for fabrics that are more prone to slipping such as silks and satins. Basically, all you have to do is abide by a few steps here-
Just like the Slip Stitch, pull your needle from underneath the folded side of your cloth as in to make the knotless visible. Pull out your thread from underneath the fold and take hold of a part of the cloth where the hemline is. Then take hold of the folded area of your fabric from the start point. Just repeat the same steps for the entirety of the process.
8. Back Stitch
This stitching technique is really strong as it consists of small stitches in a close distance. So it’s a very appropriate technique when you need to hold pieces of fabric together firmly. Let’s just get on with the steps needed to perform here-
Pull out your needle from the underside of your cloth and then make a single stitch which should be comparatively longer in length than your usual lines. From underneath, keep hold of a thread so it’s not loose or sloppy. Push your needle up the fabric again but this time at a distance of one Running Stitch created. Lastly, keep repeating the steps till you get your desired result.
9. How to Sew on a Button
One of the simplest forms of security on a fabric is usually sewing on a button which holds two or sometimes even a number of fabrics down together. But most of us do not know how to sew on a button onto a shirt. It’s actually pretty easy once you get a hold of the process. The steps are-
Pull your needle out through and from above your fabric and then make a knot on it after you go in and out of the place of insertion for about two times. You may trim out the excess thread after your knot but it’s not that necessary as the button will hide it afterward anyways.
Pick your desired button and insert your thread through one of the holes in the button from underneath and place your button down on where your knot is. Push your needle through an opposite hole of your button, onto the underside of your fabric. Continue pulling the thread in and out until you’re assured the button is secured enough. Pass your needle through a hole once more but don’t pierce the cloth this time. For the final knot, pierce the fabric this time from under the button. When you get a loop, pass the needle through it and you’ll have a knot. Cut off the excess thread afterwards.
10. Locking down your stitch
And finally we’re almost done with the techniques we’ve learnt here, but it still can’t be complete without securing the stitches. And needless to say, it’s the easiest part of the whole process. All you need to do is-
Make a tiny Back Stitch and create a loop. Run your needle through the loop and pull out. If you want, just repeat this process a few more times for extra strength. And that’s all there really is to do.
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Now that we have covered some Hand Sewing Techniques for you, it is your turn to try them out. Remember to have fun while doing it!