Sewing Tips

Stitch Glossary – Hand Sewing (click a stitch below to go right to it)

Running Stitch
Open Backstitch
Backstitch
Whip Stitch
Blanket Stitch

Sewing Tips (click a stitch below to go right to it)

Threading 6 strands embroidery floss through needle



Running Stitch – This is the simplest of all stitches.  Instructions: Needle comes up at 1, down a stitch length away at 2, up a stitch length away at 3, and so on.

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Running Stitch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Open Backstitch – Looks similar to running stitch, but it lays flatter. However, back of work is not the same as front, may not like this stitch if you want a finished look on both front and back. Instructions: Up at 1, move backwards and insert needle down at 2, then forward behind fabric past 1, up at 3.

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Open Backstitch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Backstitch – Useful for embroidering facial features, such as mouth accents.
Instructions:
1. Bring needle up at A, down at B, up at C, and pull thread through making the first stitch.

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Backstitch – Step 1

2. Bring needle down through hole at A, up at D. Pull thread through making second stitch.

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Backstitch – Step 2

3. Continue by bringing needle down through the last hole and up two stitch lengths away.
To finish, simply put needle in last hole to finish last stitch. Needle down at C.

Backstitch - Step 3
Backstitch – Step 3

Completed Backstitch below, three stitches illustrated.

Backstitch - Three Completed Stitches
Backstitch – Three Completed Stitches


Whip Stitch (also called Oversewing) – Use to sew two pieces of felt or fabric together on an edge.
Instructions: Insert needle through both layers of fabric/felt and pull through. Thread down at 1 and out back at 2. Keeping extra thread free and out of the way of next stitch, needle down at 3 and pull through.

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Edge view of Whip Stitch
Edge view of Whip Stitch


Blanket Stitch – Decorative, strong stitch, used to sew two pieces of felt together around edges.
Instructions:
Similar to Whip Stitch above, insert needle from front to back through both layers of fabric at 1. To make the Blanket Stitch, loop extra thread behind needle catching it in stitch, see 2.

Blanket Stitch - Step 1 illustrated
Blanket Stitch – Step 1 illustrated

Extra thread is caught in stitch making a loop, pull thread until loop of thread lays on top of edge of fabric.

Blanket Stitch - Step 2 illustrated
Blanket Stitch – Step 2 illustrated

Edge view of Blanket Stitch. There should be a strand of thread running along the edge of fabric.

Blanket Stitch - Edge View
Blanket Stitch – Edge View

How to Thread 6 Strands Embroidery Floss
 
This requires a needle with an eye large enough for 6 strands. Tiny needles made for one strand of thread will not do it.

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Take all 6 strands of floss and fold over middle of needle, about 1″ from cut end of floss.
 

Fold Floss Over Needle
Fold Thread Over Needle

Tighten the fold along needle by pulling on both lengths of floss. Then, slide needle out while keeping fold tight.
 

Tighten Folded Floss
Tighten Folded Thread Against Needle

Pinch folded floss in fingers while threading needle, threading the folded end through eye.
 

Thread Folded Floss Through Eye of Needle
Thread Folded Floss Through Eye of Needle

Pull fold through eye releasing cut end and straighten.
 

Pull Fold Through Eye Releasing Cut End
Pull Fold Through Eye Releasing Cut End

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