Hand Sewing Basics

Basic Hand Sewing Stitches

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Hand sewing, whether used in finishing a garment or in embroidery, is an essential skill for new sewists to add to their repertoire, but knowing where to start can be intimidating. Mary Beth Temple breaks down the six most common stitches used in hand sewing (running stitch, back stitch, whip stitch, blanket stitch, blind hem, and herringbone stitch), so that you know the best stitch to use for your next project. This video also covers some handy tips, like how to properly thread your needle and how to make hand sewing go faster, so that you can master hand sewing in no time. The best part? All of these stitches are a great jumping off point for learning embroidery!

  • Judith W.

    This video was an excellent review of the handstitching that I haven’t used in a while.

    • Ashley J.

      Hi Judith! So glad you found this video to be helpful. Have a great day! – Ashley, WeLikeSewing

  • Sandra F.

    great videoL I have known how to do some of these forever but the Hidden stitches I have proplems with. I have been trying to do a flower quilt using the needle turn stitch and I still cannot get the hang of it. Maybe that will be on a video soon.

    • Ashley J.

      Hi Sandra! We’re so glad you enjoyed the video. Having a needle-turn stitch is a great video idea for our site. Thanks for sharing! – Ashley, WeLikeSewing


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