Hand Sewing

Hand sewing techniques are important foundation skills for all sewers, and can be helpful on practically any project. We’re here to help you uncover common and uncommon handwork techniques, hand sewing stitches, and find the best hand sewing projects, all in one place.

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Keeping Myself Challenged By Sewing Ball Gowns

A friend of mine recently planted this nugget of craziness in my brain: sew a ballgown. Now that it is  firmly lodged in my frontal lobe, all I can think of are ball gowns. I’ve already started collecting vintage patterns for the perfect one. This one here caught my eye; it’s a classic in every way.…

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Using Unexpected Free Time for Hand Sewing

I woke up earlier than planned on a recent Saturday morning. It was the start to a gorgeous spring day, and the sun streaming from behind my shades drew me out of bed. But I wasn't quite ready to get started with the events of the day, so I took out some hand sewing. At…

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Handmade Elements at the Winter Olympic Games

We’ve got 2014 Olympic Winter Games fever at my house, and have been tuning in nightly to watch skiing, snowboarding, figure skating, and more. In addition to the high-caliber athletes and competitions, what has amazed me is seeing the influence of quilting and sewing stitches land on the slopes of Sochi. The U.S. snowboarding team…

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What Do You Love About Hand Sewing?

Last Sunday evening, after machine sewing a few simple baby bibs, I sat down in my living room to handsew the finishing touches. I don't know about you, but for me there's something so soothing about hand sewing. Reversible flannel bibs made for twin girls. I sat in the chair opposite the fireplace, with my…

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Do You Repair Clothes When Worn?

In the magazine world, we work pretty far in advance to get an issue onto the newsstand on the date it's promised. Right now, we're just finishing up work on our Spring issue of Stitch. Learn more about the book in our Spring issue. Let me assure you, it doesn't feel like spring here in…

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The Unexpected Heirloom

I like to think that everything I have created as a gift for someone will last forever, but the fact is that some items are more likely to be cherished and passed down than others. And sometimes it’s not what you expect at all. For instance I made a massive multi-colored, multi-striped afghan for my niece…

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When Did You Learn to Hand Sew?

I was trying to think back today to when I first learned to sew by hand, and I honestly don't recall. i honestly can't recall when I first learned hand sewing. I remember that I used to play at my grandmother’s feet (or maybe under them!) while she sewed at her machine. I must have had…

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Handsewing Basics . . . Needles and Thread

Sometimes trends in the sewing world sneak up on us–and then, all of a sudden–we see them everywhere. I can't help but notice that handsewing–with all the sewing techniques that accompany it–is everywhere. English paper piecing, smocking, hand embroidery–it's all around me and it's wonderful. Cheap needles. Just say no. In a fit of organization, I…

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Tip for Beginning Sewists: Handsewing is your friend

When I was a beginning sewist, I avoided handsewing at all costs. If the fabric could be coerced under my machine's foot, that's where it went. Just recently, I began to change my ways. Why? Because sometimes, it is so much easier to handsew. So, so, so much easier. Handstitching the binding to the inside…

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Try the Fishbone Stitch

I am always looking for a new hand-embroidery stitch and recently the Fishbone Stitch has entranced me. I learned it as a child and then rediscovered it recently.  It's a very simple stitch resembles a fish spine and creates beautiful leaves. Make several to make a foliage design. The trick to this stitch is that…