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Video: How a Stitch is Made

Mar 08, 2010

Victoria North

Teach Yourself to Sew is for beginning sewers or anyone who wants to brush up on their skills. Throughout the year we will demonstrate basic sewing techniques, share tips, and give step-by-step instruction for beginner sewing projects. In this episode, learn how a lockstitch is made, how to thread a sewing machine, and how a sewing machine works. If you are already an experienced sewer, please share this series with anyone you know that would like to learn to sew and share your knowledge with beginners in the community. Click here to purchase the Teach Yourself to Sew Video Series on DVD. TEACH YOURSELF TO SEW Equipment 101 Notions 101 Patterns 101 How a Stitch is Made A Trip to the Fabric Store Fabric 101 Project: Make a Felt Jewelry Bag Knit Fabrics Woven Fabrics Project: How to Sew a Bias-strip Scarf How to Sew a Basic Seam How to Sew French and Lapped Seams Clipping and Trimming Seams How to Mark a Dart How to Sew a Dart Finishing Edges Faced Edges How to Hem Bias Binding Zippers 101

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  1. sewssomemuch July 17th

    This is a great video for my students I teach at school. Keep them coming!

  2. gmajudy June 21st

    have older serger sewing machinge any tips for easier threading the machine

  3. katluvr April 8th

    What model of Singer sewing machine (the 40 year old machine) is Judith demonstrating on in this video? It looks like a fantastic old machine!

    Very clear video about how a sewing machine stitch is formed.

  4. 4Nan March 25th

    I do not need to update my Adobe software -- this is a
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  5. JamieT March 14th

    I have been to many websites, and this is the first time that I have see a demonstration so well done. I am really looking forward to seeing more. Many thanks!

  6. User avater VickiGene March 11th

    I've been sewing "forever" and always thought what happens between the top thread and the bobbin thread is MAGIC and not to be understood by lowly beings. About 20 years ago, I saw a demo on TLC's "How Stuff Works" that almost made me understand. Not until Threads' video did I really "get" how the shuttle hook picks up and releases the top thread as the bobbin thread is pulled through the loop. Thanks for the side view that made it so clear! You CAN teach an "old dog" new tricks!

  7. Jane_Wright March 10th

    I rarely post a comment on a website, but this video is so wonderful that I cannot resist!

    For the first time in decades :-), I understand how the top thread winds around the bobbin thread. Suddenly all of the factors in making a good stitch make sense! I have seen many complex video demonstrations which only left me more confused
    THREADS never ceases to amaze me!!!

  8. Normandie March 9th

    The "Teach Yourself Sewing" series is a revelation and definately not just for biginners! It is said that a person never stop learning! I was atonshied and amazed at how much I learnt about the very basics of sewing that have been improved upon over the years. Even new tools of the trade, that I never knew existed, that are truly more efficent and very well designed to make sewing easier to do and more pleasureable to use.

    The presenters: their style and manner is really professional, simple to understand, practical and encouraging. It was sooo exciting to think that there is more to come. I am really looking forward to watching the videos.

    I have a lot more catching up to do starting with making myself some ironing hams and giving my husband a pattern the wooden ironing board for different shapes so that he can make me one - does it have a name?

  9. SouthernStyle March 8th

    I have sewn for over 30 years and never knew how, when using a sewing machine, the thread locked into a stitch. Your demonstration of this process was excellent - visually perfect! This information is so helpful; now thread tension is starting to make sense, which is another sewing machine function I never really got. I would love to know more! Doing something rote will work until something goes wrong. However, understanding the process opens up a higher level of learning. THANK YOU!

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