What I want to do today is start by introducing you to some of the ins and outs of hand sewing for children and adults.
Unlike machine sewing, hand sewing affords you the ability to control the fine detail of your work. You will feel proud when your efforts reveal a piece of work that will impress all who see it!
So. where to start?
Suprisingly, you will need very little! Apart from a piece, or pieces of cloth, you will need a few simple tools; needle, thread and scissors, and an undying spirit to learn!
To get started, you will need:
- A needle – Tapestry needles are the best. I will do a separate topic on this at a later date.
- Thread – again there are many threads available and I will do a separate topic on this in due course
- Scissors – a better quality set of scissors is preferred, usually a pair for snipping thread and a larger pair for cutting material. Guess what… yes, I will present a topic on this too.
- Measuring tape and a ruler.
- Optional items include a threader and a stitch ripper – for those mistakes that even the best make!
- Note that when hand sewing for children, adults should be present.
Some basic hand sewing tips
- Buy a pack of different size needles. Note that, as a rule, the smaller the needle, the smaller the eye.
- If pushing the thread through the eye of the needle is a problem, use a needle threader. Push the end through the eye of the needle, then push the thread through the threader and finally pull the threader back again, pulling the thread with it.
- Next, tie the thread in a knot so that it doesn’t detach itself from the needle. Be sure to make the knot bigger by tying it three times or more.
- When sewing, take care in case the needle pierces your skin or sometimes it can break.
- Whilst sewing through the fabric, don’t forget to keep pulling the thread for an even stitch. During the first day of practice, just do simple and straightforward stitching. I will put up another post for a simple sample project for you to start sewing.
- As we progress, you will become familiar with various stitches such as running stitch, ladder stitch, back stitch and blanket stitch along with others.
How long before you finally have a firm grasp?
You will only need a couple of days, or perhaps a week, and you will become obsessed with this craft. Before you know it, you will be churning out amazing DIY projects like a Pro!
My final word this time!
Hand sewing for children and adults is a broad and exciting activity. It is a satisfying skill, learning how to make things and extending your skills to cross-stitching, embroidery and punch needle embroidery. More on these later.
I will be adding more detail as we work through the art of sewing.
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Till next time!