Hand sewing seems to be polarizing: you love it or hate it. No matter what camp you’re in, I know you’re bound to bring out the needle and thread at some point!
While there are many, many different types of hand stitching, we have just focused on a few basic stitches you’re likely to come across in your sewing journey.
What’s your favorite stitch? Is there one you use all the time?
Catchstitch is a row of Xs on the wrong side of a garment and two lines of straight stitches on the right side. It holds two flat edges together and is flexible and strong.
Fell stitch attaches a raw or folded edge to a garment. It can create a sort of hinge and is often used sewing linings, but can also be used to applique.
Slipstitch is a hidden stitch used to join two layers from the right side together and is also used for hemming and finishing garments.
Whipstitch is a sturdy and visible stitch used for hemming and sewing seams.
Running stitch is an even stitch that is used to join two layers together and is meant to be permanent.
Basting stitch is an even stitch that is used to temporarily join two layers together. It is like the running stitch except the stitches are longer and wider apart.