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Sew a Fell Stitch by Hand

Watch how to sew a fell stitch by hand and find out when, where, and why to use one.

The fell, or ‘felling’ stitch is a staple of couture sewing, and this video shows you how to sew a fell stitch by hand.  Find out when, where, and why to use this unobtrusive stitch.

Threads Contributing Editor Kenneth D. King demonstrates how to form the fell stitch and explains its advantages over other stitches in joining linings to jacket or coat interiors.

For more Insider videos on hand stitching, click below links:

“Hand-Sewing Fundamentals”

“Learn Four Basic Hand Stitches”

“Hand Sew a Slipstitch and Blind Stitch”




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  1. Bill_Columbus_Ohio | | #1

    Awesome demonstration. Six main-stay stitches to be used in some many applications. Thank you!

  2. user-6746783 | | #2

    Thank you for the clear and concise instruction. I am hand sewing on to the body of a robe three patch pockets, one upper and two lower. Also, I will hand sew to set in the sleeves and attach the sleeve lining. Right now, I feel all thumbs but after watching you and with patience I feel I will succeed.

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