Looking for a handsewing stitch that you'll find yourself returning to time and time again? Look no further than the humble backstitch.
Although capable of holding seams together, outlining an area for embroidery, or creating a secure method for holding on beads for embellishment, the backstitch seldom gets top billing.
So let's learn the backstitch and give it little recognition. To demonstrate, I'm going to outline this elephant's ear using the backstitch.
1. Thread a needle and tie a knot on the end.
2. Bring the needle up from back to front.
3. Put the needle back down ¼" to the right.
4. Bring the needle back up ¼" to the left of where the needle first came up.
5. Bring the needle down ¼" to the right-which is where the thread first came up.
6. Repeat, and repeat, and repeat.
After you have your first two stitches in place, the "down-up" becomes a single motion. You'll be surprised at how quickly you make progress.
The wonderful thing about this stitch is that it creates a seam as strong as you can make on your sewing machine.
For beading, slide the bead on before you take that first stitch to the right. By backstitching (instead of using a running stitch), your beads will have an extra security stitch.
Once you add the backstitch to your repertoire, you'll find yourself returning to it often. I've given the backstitch a little promotion here. What's the hand stitch you go back to time and again? Let us know below.
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