Picture of Hand Sewing: Basic Slip Stitch (Blind Stitch)
A slip stitch is an easy way to sew a seam from the outside of a garment or item (like pillows or stuffed animals).

This stitch is usually used for hems when the seam should stay unseen.

Step 1: Prepare your Thread

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I prefer to use the double thread technique. It makes the seam stronger, especially in the case of pillows or heavy fabrics.

1) Thread your needle. pull the thread through as much as you think you'll need for the length of the seam. A good rule of thumb is double the length, you will have a lot of extra, but that's better than coming up short.

2) Double the thread over at the needle. Cut.

3) Make a knot to secure the two ends.

NonaU2 months ago
BetteB25 months ago

Awesome instructional video! This made it so easy to learn. Thanks so much!

onceagain20078 months ago

This instructable was a late-night (early a.m.) sanity saver. I'm 66 years old, have been sewing and hand sewing for 60+ years, and found myself not knowing how to do a slipstitch for beans as I finished up the last of several pillows I just made. Rats - the closing stitches looked like I used my toes. I raced to my PC and Googled slipstitch and found this site. Love the detailed text and pictures with such good contrasting fabric and thread. It all came back to me and the pillow is saved - not to mention my sanity. I will finish the last 4 inch opening and head to bed. Whew! PS--I do not double my thread, but do use three strands of embroidery thread for a secure seam on heavy items like the pillow. I only double thread when sewing on buttons. My preference, perhaps, just don't question it after all this time. Thanks again.

vrasmussen11 months ago

A slip stitch, especially on a hem should always use a single thread not a double.

i definitely agree here single thread is better as it tangles less.

Thank you so much. I found the tutorial very simple and easy to follow and did not realise that I had already been doing slip stiches for years <3
I found the tutorial and video really helpful! I used it to slip stitch the top of an IPOD case I made this weekend: http://suziestitches.blogspot.ca/2013/01/cath-kidston-ipod-case.html

Thank you :)
JessickaRay4 years ago
Thanx for the vid... Now I know how to do a slip stitch, yay! Still paracticing though, 'cus I can't hand-sew for my life!
kathrynmichelle (author)  JessickaRay4 years ago
Hand sewing definitely takes a lot of practice. you will get the hang of it!
Thanks for the encouragement. Lol, for some reason though, my stitching is a bit crooked!
i asume you cant do this with thin fabric
kathrynmichelle (author)  deathsmileyinc4 years ago
you can do this with ANY type of fabric! the more delicate the fabric the smaller your stitches need to be.