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Hand Stitching: How to Understand a Simple Hand Stitch Pattern

Hand Stitching: How to Understand a Simple Hand Stitch Pattern

There’s something innately special with sewing stitches that is absent in machine stitching. It is the indescribable feeling of joy once you get immersed so much so that you feel like hand stitching on everything. You will find yourself wanting to carry your needle, thread, and scissors whenever you go and steal some minute in-between the other chores to sewing something up.

Stitching by hand is a pleasantly addictive art, and the more you learn a new style, the greater your liking towards it. You will want to be the best in practically every basic stitching pattern; Whip stitch, Catch stitch, Basting Stitch, Overcast and all the others. And the real icing on the cake is when you finally do simple crafts and hand stitching patterns, produce marvelous finishes and earn thousands of Likes on Instagram!

Such is how gratifying hand stitching is!

How about understanding simple hand stitching patterns, it is hard?

Of course, you can’t sew your clothes, create beautiful crafts or even undertake any sewing project before having a firm grasp of basic hand stitching. But if you thought having perfect know-how of any simple hand stitching pattern alone, or perhaps by reading through embroidery books, think again.

It might turn out to be hard and daunting starting off on your own, even when you have the essential hand stitching tools. But to help you understand simple hand stitching patterns, here is a simple guideline worth following:

  • Whip Stitch

Let’s start with the most straightforward hand stitching technique on the planet. Whip Stitch consists of short, diagonal stitches, those typically used in embroidery. Use a double thread and follow the following steps:

  • Pull the needle through the top fabric, ensuring the knot is held right inside the two tightly-held-together pieces of cloth.
  • Now, pierce through the bottom fabric, exiting at the very place you started on the other fabric. This will ensure both stitches are in place.
  • Next, follow the same procedure above and create a diagonal stitch at the rear. While doing this, the needle should exit from the top (since you pierced from the bottom) so that the two are firmly held together.
  • Keep following this procedure until you are done whereby you lock in the stitches.

o          Catch Stitch

With its crisscross stitches that look beautiful when the color of the thread contrasts with the fabric, Catch Stitch is ideal for circular garments like tablecloths. To learn this stitch;

  • Start sewing from the opposite end of your usual starting point and be sure to tighten the stitch.
  • Your first diagonal stitch should start from where you begin knitting; ideally where the needle popped out from.
  • Your next diagonal stitch is right after the needle has pierced through the fabric to the bottom and immediately pierced back to the same point. After that, you stitch another diagonal to complete your first pattern.
  • You will keep following the same pattern until you’re done.

o          Running Stitch

Yet another simple, familiar hand stitch pattern, Running Stitch is somewhat straightforward to do. You can do this using a machine, but that’s when you can afford one. You are a fast stitcher, follow the following steps:

         First, decide on your preferred stitch length.

         With the fabric well evened out and tightly held, take the needle in and out to create an incomplete line of stitches.

         Stitches should be equidistant.

         Once done, lock in the stitches and release the fabric.

Other hand-stitching patterns worth giving a shot are:

Overcast stitch when you need to firmly ensure the edges of a piece of fabric don’t unravel.

Ladder stitch when you require to create hidden seams in-between two fold edges.


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