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5 Tips for Trouble-free Hand Sewing | Video

Make hand sewing enjoyable with these easy-to-follow guidelines.

Whether you like to speed-sew on a machine or slowly craft a couture garment, you’ll need to sew by hand at some point in nearly every project. Make your hand sewing more efficient and enjoyable with these tips from Threads Contributing Editor Susan Khalje.

A couture sewing expert with years of experience in hand sewing, Susan recommends the best thread length and explains how to knot the thread, how to avoid twisting thread, and how—and when—to apply beeswax. Hand sewing doesn’t have to feel like a chore if you’ve learned the best ways to avoid or troubleshoot problems.


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  1. sew4th | | #1

    Good to learn that waxing thread is not always necessary or desirable. And I especially liked the way you showed to knot thread. So much faster than tying a knot! Thanks!

  2. JaneInKC | | #2

    What a LOT of good tips - many thanks!

  3. user-146616 | | #3

    My grandmother taught me to thread a knot like your method in the 1950's. Thanks for the memory!

  4. Maia888 | | #4

    I love to sew by hand and these are some great tips. Thank you!

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