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How to Hand Sew a Basic Project

Learning how to hand sew a basic project is something every person interested in sewing should know. Being able to hand sew is a great skill. Even though you may have a sewing machine or other handy gadgets, nothing can take the place of some basic hand sewing skills. In some projects you come across there will be specific tasks you must sew by hand and if you do not have the skills then you can not do the project. To help you with your hand sewing skills you should try doing several hand sewn projects. Practice is the best way to improve upon your skills.

Basic Stitch

There are numerous hand stitches that you should be familiar with. To start out, though, you need to understand a basic stitch. You will need a scrap piece of fabric, a needle and some thread to practice. Start by threading the needle and knotting it. You can either use a double length of string or a single length, whichever is best for you. A double thread provides more strength and is easier to work with in the beginning.

Hold the needle in your dominant hand and the fabric in your other hand. Begin by pushing the needle through the fabric from back to front. Pull the needle through the fabric until it reaches the knot. Now push the needle back down through the fabric from front to back. Practice doing this over and over. You should practice this until you can make a nice even, straight row of stitches. Hand stitching is all about being able to create even and straight stitches. There really is no trick to doing this except learning and practicing.

When you are finished or when you come to the end of your string you need to knot the thread at the fabric and cut it off.

A Simple Project

Once you have mastered the basic stitch you can make a simple project to showcase your new hand sewing skills. Here are the instructions for creating a sachet filled with potpourri to freshen up your dresser drawers.

Supplies:
Small piece of scrap fabric
Potpourri
Needle
Thread

Step One: Cut two identical pieces of the scrap fabric.
Step Two: Lay the pieces together with right sides in.
Step Three: Sew three edges together.
Step Four: Turn the sachet right side out.
Step Five: Stuff the sachet with potpourri.
Step Six: Sew the open end closed

Tip #1

If you don't already have one, buy a used sewing machine and make sure that you will enjoy and stick with it. As you learn the techniques and become skillful, you may decide to spring for a new machine later.


Tip #2

Focus on learning one sewing skill at a time. Become good at that technique, then move along and learn the next.


Tip #3

Become acquainted with the tools you will need to become good at sewing. As you master one tool, start practicing with another and the first thing you know, you will be a sewing master!


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