Everybody can benefit from knowing basic hand-sewing techniques – whether you have a sewing machine or not. Or even if you have no interest in sewing whatsoever… really, people like that do actually exist! Imagine!
This easy-to-watch video demonstrates the most commonly used hand stitches and techniques. It is worth watching for the first minute alone to see how to tie a knot in sewing thread. The video has been recorded in ‘close-up’ so there is no straining your eyes to see what is going on. And unlike some of the other videos we found, this video demonstrates each stitch for long enough so that you can see what it should look like.
Learn all the hand sewing basics by watching the video tutorial and reading the following hints and tips:
- When choosing your sewing needles, buy a packet with a selection of sizes. Do some practice sewing with each of them until you find out which one suits you best.
- Don’t be tempted to buy needles with a large ‘eye’ (the bit where you put the thread through). The needle might be easier to thread, but it will also be thicker. It will leave larger holes in your fabric and be harder to push through firmer fabrics, such as corduroy or leather.
- When threading your needle, always ensure you have a neatly cut thread end. If you dampen the end it will make it easier to thread through the needle.
- The best length of thread to use is approximately 18 inches. Longer threads tend to tangle up and are difficult to control.
- If your fingers and the needle get sweaty (with all that concentration) wash them in warm soapy water and pat them dry.
Whizzing along with your sewing machine is fun. But master hand sewing basics and you will know the satisfaction of a job done well and a job well done!
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