To have a glorious sewing career you must be well efficient in all branches of sewing. No pros and cons must be out of your knowledge. And, such a branch is – sewing by hand although is often neglected nowadays because of the availability of modern sewing machines. But then, we decided to come up with a complete guideline on how to sew by hand for beginners.
Why this insistence from our part? See, sewing by hand is the most primitive way of cloth-making. No matter how much heavily featured machine you use, at some point, you are going to feel the necessity of hand sewing. To help you be out of such a dumbfounding situation, here follows our little attempt for you!
How to sew by hand for beginners: step by step learning
We are writing the article basically being focused on the beginners and so have tried our utmost not to leave a single opportunity of making the entire thing easier. That’s why the article is divided into a number of segments with a specific explanation for each. Let’s begin!
Set of tools
As you are merely a beginner so we don’t expect you to be familiar with the necessary tools of hand sewing. But, being introduced to each of those is unavoidable for you. Hence, this first segment will introduce you to the must-have tools of hand sewing.
Needle is obviously the primary tool you need for sewing by hand. If you even don’t know what it is and how it looks like then kindly take the pain of searching on the Internet. However, it is never recommended from us to pick any random needle for sewing. Instead, be most conscious of selecting the needle. But, in general, you should go for a needle considering the fabric you will sew. If it is thicker, the needle should also be so.
Just like a needle, the thread is also important as it is the thing that is going to assure the toughness and durability of the stitches. So, never have any poor quality thread for a cheaper price. Be selective in choosing the thread and consider the fabric quality and its color while picking thread.
Although this is not the must-have tool as it can be replaced by a sharp blade or simply by your teeth yet it is on the list as trimming of the thread is much easier with it.
What if you are sewing with the utmost attention but all on a sudden you make a faulty stitch subconsciously? Isn’t it painful? To help avoid such an annoying moment, a seam ripper is always by your side. It’s a fork-shaped small size tool that allows you to pluck up the faulty stitches comfortably without causing harm to the fabric.
It doesn’t matter which method you adopt for sewing either a sewing machine or hand, you simply cannot avoid this process. But, it is a matter of great joy for you that the needle threading process of hand sewing is much simpler than that of the sewing machine.
- To thread your needle, at first, take the thread end from the thread spool by your left hand.
- Trim the thread’s end to make it thinner and softer.
- Then, make sure that the needle’s eye is clear and you can see through it.
- Now, hold the needle with the left hand and take the thread end using the right hand.
- Put your focus on the needle’s eye keeping one of your eyes closed.
- Try to insert the thread end into that eye very slowly.
- If you fail in the first attempt, don’t worry go for some more.
Two types of stitches are widely used for sewing by hand- running stitch and backstitch. Here follow the details of these two for you:
When to use?
In the first instance, it is used for attaching the torn portions of any fabric. In addition, you can adopt this stitching style to fix a falling hem, shorten your garments, and attach a patch to a bomber jacket.
How to create?
Keep following the steps to create this stitch:
- Bring the torn parts closer and insert the needle via the two
- To complete one stitch, shove the needle back again through the fabric to ¼” over.
- Repeat the process until you reach the end of the seam
- Create a loop driving the needle via the fabric not dragging the thread. This will close the stitches
- Create a tight knot driving the needle rear at first via the fabric and then the loop
- Do this for maximum four times
When to use?
Besides using it for attaching the two torn portions of any fabric, you can adopt this stitch to join a patch over a jean’s hole, repair shirt’s broken seam, and re-affix a backpack strap.
How to create?
Creation of backstitch is comparatively simpler and the entire process follows below:
- Make ¼” stitch and carry the needle back to the first stitch diving it via ¼” away from the beginning of the initial one.
- Carry the needle back down obviously through your fabric to close the created space
Button sewing is one of the most important parts of hand sewing. To sew button kindly follow the steps given below:
- Place the button securely on the proper place.
- Insert the needle into one of the button holes from under the fabric
- Take the needle back down through the opposite hole
- Continue the process for several times
- Once you feel like the button is attached tightly, end the sewing from under the fabric
- Detach the thread cutting it with anything sharp
To sum up, without having proper knowledge of how to sew by hand for beginners, you can’t expect your probationary period to be a fruitful one. At every point of your future projects, you are going to get stuck and expect anyone else to push you. This will keep your career held from an all-rounded booming.