Learn Four Basic Hand StitchesA pro shows how to sew four basic hand stitches: running stitch, basting stitch, backstitch, and pickstitch
Sewing expert Kenneth D. King shows how to work four basic hand stitches: the running stitch; its variant, the uneven basting stitch; the backstitch; and the backstitch variant, the pickstitch. He begins by showing a method for knotting the thread neatly and securely.
Even if you prefer to machine-sew your garments, you’ll find these stitches helpful for permanent seams, for temporary seams during fitting, and for attractively installing zippers, among many other purposes. They’re easy for beginners to learn and are mainstays of couture sewing, too.
Before you start hand-sewing, find out more about tools, supplies, and tips for success, in “Fundamentals of Hand Sewing.” When you’ve mastered these stitches, you’ll want to learn the fell stitch, the slipstitch, and the blind stitch.
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