Learning how to hand sew is a basic skill. That's because all hand sewing projects start with this step. There is no need to get frustrated over this process. In this article, you'll learn one of the basics every sewist needs to know — how to hand sew. You'll find a lot of beautiful creations out of sewing and most of them would require hand stitching. You might be wondering why learning how to hand sew is important. That is because hand stitching gives more detailed stitches than sewing machine does. Read on to learn the steps in hand stitching!
Sewing 101 | How To Hand Sew
How to thread a needle and stitch
One of the sewing fundamentals we should have in our arsenal is to know how to sew by hand. I learned how to thread my needle and sew by hand at the age of ten. My grandmother taught me how to do it and along the way she gave me her own tips and tricks as well. My love for sewing started with her. I recommend for you to learn this life skill, too. Let's get started!
What you need:
- Needle threader (optional)
Ready, get set, sew!
Step 1. Thread through the needle's eye
Let's start by choosing the right needle. Estimate the amount of thread you will need and cut it. Push it through the eye of the needle. This might take a while so patience is a virtue! 😉
Step 2. Tie a knot
Once the thread is pushed through the needle's eye, pull it so the two ends of the thread are of equal length. Tie the two loose ends with a double knot then slip the needle to the middle of the thread.
Step 3. Pierce the fabric
Get your chosen fabric and cut it according to the pattern you want. Then pierce through the two layers with the needle.
Step 4. Pierce it again and again
Sew around the edges by allowing the needle to pierce the fabric back and forth following a certain pattern. You can use a running stitch as a beginner. Do this until all the edges are sealed.
Step 5. Double knot and lock
To seal the stitch, we would need to do a double knot. Do this twice so the knot is thick enough not to slip through the fabric.
So, do you still think learning how to hand sew is a daunting task?
Check out how withwendy showed us how to thread a needle and sew a heart decor for a Christmas tree in this video:
Just think of the possibilities you can do once you start learning how to hand sew. Teach yourself basic hand stitches to grow your repertoire. With this skill, you can easily fix accidental tears and sew loose buttons.
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Lisa gordon says
Thank you home ec in home school. This was very helpful for both of us.