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Fundamentals of Hand Sewing

Learn the fundamentals of hand sewing, including the basics of selecting and maintaining hand-sewing needles.

Jun 14, 2018

For this Insider video, Contributing Editor Kenneth D. King explains the fundamentals of hand sewing, including how to select and maintain hand-sewing needles, and how to handle thread for tangle-free stitching.

These helpful tips will make your hand-sewing experience easier and more efficient.

For more Insider videos on hand stitching, click on the links below.

“Learn Four Basic Hand Stitches”

“Sew a Fell Stitch by Hand”

“Sew a Slipstitch and Blind-Hem Stitch by Hand”

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  1. Lessing September 26th

    Interesting point about not waxing polyester thread. I say this because I noticed the last time I used a bees waxed thread it left a yellowish coloring on the thread. I happened to be sewing on white and so that it became more noticeable. I most always use polyester thread so maybe the wax as you say was not absorbed into the fiber of the thread. But yes, it stained a yellowish finish.

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