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Learn Four Basic Hand Stitches

A pro shows how to sew four basic hand stitches: running stitch, basting stitch, backstitch, and pickstitch

Jun 14, 2018

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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 “Hand-Sewing Fundamentals.” When you’ve mastered these stitches, you’ll want to learn the fell stitch, the slipstitch, and the blind stitch. For more videos on hand stitching, click on links below. “Hand Sew a Fell Stitch” “Hand sew a Slipstitch and Blind Stitch”

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  1. CaitlinnicRaighne June 18th

    I enjoy your videos so much. The pick stitch was enlightening. I had been doing it in reverse🤪 I do have a quick question. What brand and size needle do you prefer? Your needle seems to be longer than what I have been using. Thank you.

  2. user-6357421 June 16th

    Thank you for your clear and helpful demonstration of all
    the different stitches. So helpful.

  3. User avater NancyPie25 June 15th

    I love doing the backstitch!!!

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