Step 6: Slipstitching!

Learning to slip stitch is a little complicated, but it's a wonderful stitch to learn to finish your projects. Invisible stitches are the best! Slip stitching is a great way to finish small projects or project that really need to look finished and flawless. :D There are other ways, of course, but this is the main one I use. :) And once you learn to slip stitch you'll want to do it all the time!

There are tons of pictures - I promise it's the best way to learn!

To practice slip stitch you'll want to cut out a small square of fabric. Fold it in half and press. Open, and then fold each side into the center line. Press. Fold down center line. You'll have something that looks just like the piece of fabric I'm using.

Now, thread your needle - I chose double threaded for this one because it makes it more visible! Double threading your needle will make a stronger seam, but choose single threaded if you want the stitches to be almost invisible. I'm also using purple thread, though typically you will use thread to match your fabric so it blends in. :)

Knot it and pull the needle through the top of the fabric by sticking it through the top folded edge. Pull the thread until the knot catches. Now, move the needle to the bottom fold. You will want to stick the needle into the crease horizontally and push it along behind the fabric for about 1/4 inch. Then, pull the needle through and go back up to the top fold. Push the needle horizontally through the top fold and pull through. Continue this until the end.

At the end, make a small stitch in the fold opposite of your last long stitch. Pull the thread until it forms a small loop. Put your needle through the loop twice. Pull on the thread to form a knot. Do this twice for extra staying power. :)

The pictures at the end show what the slip stitch should look like. Pretty tiny, right? Now imagine that with matching thread! Lovely!
<p>It's funny how many times I have hand sewn and hand repaired clothing and never looked up how to properly finish the stitching. Just tried each one of these while sewing patches onto a denim jacket. Thank you!</p>
<p>please tell me where I can find the Hot finger microwave mitts. I have tried everything and see it nowhere</p><p>Thanks</p><p>Nancy Casso </p>
Yes! I stitched a tear on one of my favorite sweaters! Not bad for my first time sewing. Thanks a lot for this tutorial :D
<p>okay I'll try it.. Hopefully it works</p>
Very helpful thank you
It made no sese thanks for thelp not
The help
<p>you made no sense yourself</p>
<p>What didn't make sense?</p>
<p>Thank you for the comprehensive guide. I fixed the sleeve on my jacket!</p>
OK, no joke, incredible job! I was taught the EXTREME essentials in basic training in Coast Guard and pretty much fell to the wayside after 18 months of training in various things... Thank you so much for making it almost toddler simple to understand. You're absolutely right that pictures explain so much more clear than one could explain in words and your pictures are spot on! Great work and again, thanks so much for the time put in to it!
<p>great. though</p>
<p>Nice one!!!</p>
Any tips on sewing lycra/spandex?
<p>Great one, thanks ! </p>
<p>I made it! (^_^) I made a pencilcase and a card holder which is kinda floppy because its made of fabric so... ya.</p>
<p>Thanks from a guy that took home-economics in the 70's. My brownies were not the best, but I learned to thread a sewing machine. Somehow the basics were skipped or rushed. @SolarSoda...Using the fingertip to cinch the knot is a practiced art. Intuitive and yet not! I learned from this tutorial to press lightly on the loop junction and pull steadily. And yes, double all the way! Single thread is for fine repair.</p>
Thanks for sharing the info; Jesus Christ Bless you! :)
<p>Hello! I would like to start sowing Sweaters and Shirts and such...can anyone help me! Thanks With Love in Christ, KD</p>
<p>Check out this tutorial for sewing with knits, it really helped me!</p><p>http://prudentbaby.com/2011/09/by-craft/how-to-sew-knit-fabrics-sewing-with-jersey-101-2/</p>
How did u make that sort of book thing but for sewing
<p>I have instructions for that here!</p><p><a href="https://www.instructables.com/id/how-to-sew-a-needle-book/">https://www.instructables.com/id/how-to-sew-a-needl...</a></p>
<p>Funny thing. The slip stitch was confusing me, but then I realized that my mom taught me the blanket stitch for hiding seams. Just do them on the wrong side, stitch, and turn inside out! It's how I made pillows and basic clothes for my stuffed animals(and a stuffed mole for International Mole Day for extra credit in Chemistry). I love the backstitch though, so thank you! I am feeling the urge to patch my jeans...</p>
I've been sewing for a long time and never thought to use beeswax.thanks for the tip;)
What drives me crazy is that I CANNOT get the knot up close to the fabric. No matter what I do. Any tips? And yes I've tried holding down the knot with my thumb/finger. It gets to a certain point and then it takes off in the opposite direction, slipping out from under my thumb/finger. It makes me want to do bad things with my needle. &gt;:-(
<p>Use your needle as the guide by placing it in the loop then pulling the thread tight. Your knot will be placed flush with the fabric every time.</p>
I have wanted to learn how to sew for so very long, just to be self dependent (as opposed to mom or seamstress/ dressmaker dependent). Thank you! I don't know when I will start with this Instructible, but at least I know where to look now.
im confused... Do you knot the end after you've sewed what you need to sew? I'm trying to make a dinosaur hoodie...
Yep, whenever your seam or whatever else is done, you knot it. :D
I stabbed myself with a needle, so i gave up on the dino hoodie thing... but thanks for the help!
so im just 11 years old and want to learn how to sew really bad so im could MAKE MY OWN JACKET And impress my friends and is it more easy to use a sewing machine or by hand <br>
This is awesome.You've saved me hours of trying to get the stupid sewin-machine to work!Thanks alot!
Nice instructable. About 10 years ago I had sewing lessons at school and made some pillows, backpacks and I even recall a stuffed animal. I always did a lot of extra &quot;safety knots&quot; This brings back some memories.
thanks!!! this helped me a lot im making arm warmers out of some old jeans now!!! (yes im a boy, but im a scene kid and places never have what we are lookin for so we gotta make our own stuff sometimes :D)
Here's a hint from my gran (always good, those)&nbsp;for threading needles:&nbsp;If you can't get the end through the needle's eye (maybe it isn't cut sharp enough or has frayed from all the luckless tries before), make a very short loop with the end of the thread you want to put through the eye. Then insert the needle's eye-end into this loop and pull it towards the closed end of the loop, holding the thread ends firmly with your other hand. Pinch the closed loop-end (maybe even with wet fingers) around the needle's eye end. Most of the times, that end is a little flattened from stamping the eye in during the needle-making process. So, pinching the loop here sort of &quot;irons&quot; the thread into a somewhat flattened, but rather precise point, or V-shape. Now just use the tip of that V to thread the needle. I use this &quot;technique&quot; almost everytime I thread a needle. I hope I have described it understandably and usefully...<br />
&nbsp;That is such a good idea! I think I'll try that next time I'm sewing really late at night and getting frustrated. :D<br /> <br /> Do you mind if I copy and paste/give you credit in the main ible?<br />
Sorry I'm so late with my answer - I don't mind at all, go ahead by all means - Granny's tricks should be preserved!! :-)<br />
&nbsp;<em>Have you considered adding videos to your instructable? It would be really helpful. Nice instructable by the way :)</em>
&nbsp;After you posted this, I've been thinking about it!<br /> <br /> I'm going to try to add some once I graduate this month and move. :P<br />
&nbsp;Thank you so much!! I was really inspired to start doing all these projects, but I needed to know how to sew. This REALLY helped! :)&nbsp;<br />
&nbsp;Yay! I'm happy it did! :D
&nbsp;How does it feel to have the most popular page on the internet (according to google) for &quot;how to sew&quot;?
&nbsp;Preeeeeetty nice.&nbsp;<br /> Though I'm realizing I need to update this and make it much more awesome once this month is over. :)
I need to learn how to use a hand stitching Awl - for sewing leather.
I'm sending ALittleStranger a link to that needle holder, if that's ok.<br />
Anyone else having trouble downloading the pdf file?<br />
I found this very helpful for me to start learning to sew. (I'm a guy, just so ya know, though it really doesn't matter)
It matters to me. I'm a guy. Now I don't feel nearly as weird here as I did.<br />

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