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Beginner Hand Stitches – Oct. 2021

Friday 15th October 2021

For many of us sewing is like second nature to us and as easy as riding a bike – but remember, we weren’t all able to do this to start with!

We all had to learn somewhere and there’s no better time than the present

Learn along with us as we teach you 5 beginner stitch patterns that are easy to learn!

Running Stitch

The running, or straight, stitch is the most basic stitch in sewing and the one on which other stitch patterns are based on. This stitch is done by simply passing the needle in and out of the piece of sewing fabric at regular intervals.

This stitch is easy to learn but takes time to master the consistency of both the direction and the frequency of the thread! 

Back Stitch

Next up is the back stitch, one of the strongest and most versatile stitch patterns. This is done by sewing right to left, rather than left to right but maintaining the sewing direction of left to right. It sounds complicated but it is quite simple! 

Essentially it involves starting the stitches from the end where you would usually finish and sewing left to right each time whilst working backwards.

Whip Stitch

This type of stitch is primarily used for creating seams and is essentially like a running stitch that is stitched across through two pieces of fabric along their length, circling the edges of the fabric.

It is also commonly used as a decorative stitch in applications such as applique making, due to it creating a refined edge and preventing fabric from unravelling.

Catch Stitch

A catch stitch, also known as a cross stitch or herringbone stitch, this stitch is great for increasing seam allowances (the area between the fabric edges and where the stitching actually starts) and also for use as quick stitches to temporarily tack hems. 

Additionally, sewing this type of zigzag stitch allows the stitches to have more stretch and give, which is why it is commonly used with heavy fabrics such as knitted textiles.

Blanket Stitch

A very well known stitch, the blanket stitch (also known as the “cable stitch” or “crochet stitch”) is used to reinforce and provide support to the edges of thick materials and can also be used in a decorative manner on unhemmed fabrics.

This stitch is formed of loops that interlock around the edge of the fabric and are spaced quite widely, usually using denser threads.

Free Stitch Techniques Guide Download!

You can download our handy stitch techniques guide below, so you can always have it to hand!


Bonus Tip: For each of the stitch samples, I used Pilot FriXion rollerball pens to draw my guidelines. I definitely recommend using these pens on cotton fabric and felt as you can easily remove the lines with an iron once you’ve finished sewing.

Be sure to read our November blog to find out about new fabric for sale and browse our shop if you are in need of any sewing fabric(s) and crafting gifts 🙂

Best Wishes,
Rebecca x

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