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Basic Hand Sewing Tips That Everyone Should Know (2023)

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Sewing machines are taking over and the art of sewing by hand is slowly fading into oblivion. Or maybe not? I have to admit I get a little nostalgic in hand sewing. Sewing is indeed one of the oldest human crafts. We started sewing during the Old Stone Age, at least 50,000 years ago. It grew from sewing animal skins for clothing to decorative embroidery, quilting and needlework. Of course, sewing clothes and other useful items has always been not only popular but also necessary.

Today sewing machines reign supreme and that is only normal. You cannot stop time or progress. And to be honest, sewing machines are so much faster, more convenient and offer such a great range of possibilities. Still, there are many reasons not up sewing by hand. The art forms of hand sewing require time, patience and dedication. But the satisfaction you get can’t ! If you don’t have the time or want to make art, there are several other reasons to get a needle and thread and sew by hand.

To start with, it’s cheap. Sewing by hand improves your fine motor skills and coordination. It’s as portable as can be. You can take your projects with you wherever you go. It is also quiet. While I love the sound of a sewing machine, it can be too loud and people around you may not be as excited as you are. Either way, you can do your job by bothering no one around you. Garment repair is easier when you sew by hand. The same applies if you want to attach the applique to the fabric. So hand sewing is still useful for many tasks.

Tips and techniques

First you need to prepare, which means you get all the tools and materials you need. A needle, thread, scissors, seam ripper and fabric are the essentials. That’s obvious, of course, but I mentioned it because there are two additional tools that you might find useful. These are a thimble and a needle threader.

Some people never use them, while others find them useful. Usually, a thimble is useful when sewing thick fabrics or multiple layers of fabric. Not all of us have perfect vision or steady hands. A needle threader comes to the rescue to make threading easy.

Racing stitch

This is one of the most common stabbing. In fact, this stitch was by far the most used stitch, before the invention of the sewing machine. However, it is still widely used to repair a falling hem or when working in tight spaces that your sewing machine cannot reach. You cannot match the precision and tightness of the sewing machine, but if you do it carefully, it will be beautiful and durable.

How it works: Sew through the fabric, skip the desired distance and push it back through the fabric clothing fabric. You do not need to pull the needle out of the fabric for each stitch. You can push your needle in and out of the fabric a few times before pushing the needle all the way through.

Just keep the same distance and you will get several stitches at once. When you want to close the stitches, push the needle through the fabric but leave some thread so you can make a loop. Push the needle back through the fabric and loop to make a knot. Repeat a few times to secure the knot.


Backstitch sewing number order

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A backstitch is a very strong stitch. It is a very reliable stitch and is often used to mend a seam or when you want an extra strong stitchlike make. It is also useful if you want to cover a hole with a patch.

How to do this: It s like a basting stitch, but a different technique provides more power. Push the needle from under the fabric and instead of from now on, go backwards for the desired length of stitch. Pierce the fabric from above and that will be your first stitch. Then move your needle forward to reach the farthest end of the next stitch, push through and back up to the nearer end of the stitch to push through for your second stitch.

And that’s it. Repeat the process until you with your stitches. It sounds complicated, but it is actually very simple. Check the picture and you will get it easily.

Basting stitch

A basting stitch is a removable stitch. The idea is to hold two pieces of fabric together to make sewing with the sewing machine easier. Use a different color thread so that you can easily see and remove it. You also don’t want to baste exactly where you will sew the last stitches. If you do this, you may not remove it.

How to do it: Actually, the basting stitch is the same as running stitch. So use the same technique. The only difference is that basting stitches are much longer and removable.

Slip or ladder stitch

Sl set helps u to create hidden, nearly invisible stitches. It’s great for closing up stuffed projects or pillows or closing any kind of liner while remaining unobtrusive. Use the thread of the same color as the fabric to make it completely invisible.

How to do it: Iron the folds of your fabric first. Start below the fold to hide the knot. Then pull the needle out through the fold. Take a small amount of fabric on your needle from the other side of the folded fabric and push it back into the fold at the same point as the other side. The first stitch . Move your needle under the fold and repeat the process until you close the entire line.

Overcast Stitch

An Overcast stitch is a simple and effective stitch to secure the edges of the fabric and prevent the fabric from fraying.

How it works: Start on the inside to hide the knot. Pull the needle up through the fabric and loop it diagonally around the edge. Repeat to the end.

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Mutasim is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a site dedicated to those passionate about crafting. With years of experience and research under his belt, he sought to create a platform where he could share his knowledge and skills with others who shared his interests.