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Hand Sewing Stitches

How To Sew by Hand and Hand Sewing Projects

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I've never done it but I know some people have sewn an entire garment by hand sewing all of the stitches. Even if you have a sewing machine, there are times that basic hand sewing is going to give you the results you want without using a sewing machine. Learn about hand sewn stitches and how to sew them so that you will automatically know what stitch works best and where to use the various hand sewing stitches.

How to Thread a Hand Sewing Needle

Hand sewing needles in various sizes
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Threading a sewing needle can be an exasperating task. Here are a few suggestions to make the job easier.

Hand Sewing Needles

Hand Sewing Needles
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Hand sewing needles are available in all kinds of shapes and forms. Seeing them and learning about them, help you make the correct choice, ...

Knot the End of Hand Sewing Thread

Starting the Knot
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Learn how to knot the end of your hand sewing thread here.A little bit of practice and you will be creating a perfect knot.

How to Use a Needle Threader

Needle Threader
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They come with some sewing needles and can be purchased in almost all sewing notion sections but many people set them aside rather then figure out how to use them.

Sewing Needle Threading Tips & Tricks

Hand Sewing
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Threading a sewing needle shouldn't take up your valuable time and it shouldn't be frustrating! Following a few simple tips and tricks can make the job a breeze!

How to Baste

Hand Basting
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Taking the time to baste is often the best way to achieve desirable results at the sewing machine Learn how here.

Sew a Slip Stitch

Slip Stitch
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A slip stitch is a common hem stitch and is used when you don't want visible stitches.

How to Hand Sew a Blanket Stitch

Blanket Stitch Options
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A blanket stitch can do more than trim a blanket. Yo-yos are a great place to experiment with learning how to sew a blanket stitch. Learn how here.

Chain Stitch

Chain Stitch
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A chain stitch is a series of loops that lay on the fabric forming a loose style line. It can be decorative or functional.

Running Stitch -- What is it and why Q&A

Running Stitch
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A running stitch is one of the most simple hand sewing stitches. Find how to hand sew a running stitch here.
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