Stitches for Gorgeous Gloves
In “Gorgeous Gloves” in Threads Issue 145, John Koch demonstrates how to sew custom-made gloves. Here are stitches you need to know when sewing gloves.
Bury the knot between fabric layers, and stitch from the wrong side to the right side. Draw up the thread, move the needle over the edge to the back, and make the same stitch again close to the previous stitch. Before drawing up your thread, insert the needle through the loop from front to back. Repeat until finished. Keep the stitches the same length and the same distance apart.
Bury the knot between layers, and take the needle out on the back. Wrap the thread over the edge, and insert the needle through the front with the thread under the needle point as shown. Draw up the thread and repeat until finished. Keep the stitches the same length and the same distance apart.
Draw the needle from the wrong side through the fabric close to the edge. Wrap the thread over the edge and make the same stitch a short distance from the previous stitch. Repeat this stitch until you’ve finished overcasting the edge.
Knot the thread and insert the needle from the wrong side to the right side close to the hem-allowance edge. Working right to left, pick up a few threads from the wrong side of the face fabric, and reinsert the needle through the wrong side as before. Repeat until finished.
Double guard stitch
This stitch is used to secure subsequent stitching (typically when sewing the thumb). Draw knotted thread from inside the thumb and make a small stitch across the very beginning of the thumb-piece fold. From that point on, continue to stabstitch.
Draw the needle to the inside of the glove. Take a tiny stitch or run the needle under a nearby stitch. Pull the needle through loop once or twice, and draw up slowly until snug. Bury the tail if possible, and trim the excess thread.
Bury the tail
After knotting the thread, secure the thread end to prevent the knot from coming undone. To bury the tail, by tie off the thread, run the needle under two or three nearby stitches on the inside of the glove, and trim off the excess.