Hand Sewing Class


11 Lessons

9,142 Enrolled

Beginner Level

Even if you sew primarily on a machine, being able to sew well by hand will allow you to finish every project you make in the cleanest, most professional looking way. Hand sewing is also the best way to mend and do repairs, which is fantastic if you're like me and always putting holes in your clothes. :D

By following along with this class, you'll learn a variety of stitches and techniques that will make you an excellent hand sewist in no time!

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Class Author:jessyratfink

Jessy Ratfink is a modern embroidery artist, sewist, crafter and cook. She published her first instructable nearly 10 years ago and now has over 500 instructables under her belt! She currently works for the Instructables Design Studio making awesome things full time. In her down time, she makes hand embroidered art for her Etsy shop, making jiggy.

To see what she's currently working on, visit her @makingjiggy Instagram page!


Lesson 1: Tools and Materials for Hand Sewing

Learn about the tools and materials you'll need for hand sewing. I've also attached a brief sewing dictionary in case you come across any unfamiliar terms!

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Lesson 2: Threading Needles and Knotting Thread

Learn the best ever hand sewing knot and a few ways to thread a needle.

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Lesson 3: Tying Off to Finish Sewing

Learn how to tie off like a pro, no matter what you're sewing.

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Lesson 4: Pressing, Cutting and Pinning

Learn the proper ways to wash, press, cut and pin your fabric.

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Lesson 5: Pressing and Finishing Seams

Learn how to press your sewing and trim your seam allowances to increase durability and reduce bulk.

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Lesson 6: Sewing the Running Stitch

In this lesson, you'll learn how to sew a running stitch. I'll show you the right and wrong way, as well as some tips for more durable stitching.

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Lesson 7: Sewing the Blanket Stitch

In this lesson, I'll teach you how to sew the blanket stitch in multiple ways.

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Lesson 8: Sewing the Whip Stitch

Learn how to sew the whip stitch, for both flat and stuffed projects!

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Lesson 9: Sewing the Backstitch

In this lesson, you'll learn all about the backstitch and how to get the straightest seams!

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Lesson 10: Sewing the Slip Stitch

In this lesson, you'll learn how to sew the slip stitch! This is a great invisible stitch for closing opening.

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Lesson 11: Sewing on a Button + What to Sew Next

In our last lesson, I'll show how to sew on both shank and flat type buttons. I'll also give you some ideas for your next sewing project!

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Now that you have the skills, what are you waiting for?
Get out there and make something!