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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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 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!