How to Hand Sew a Catch Stitch


A catch stitch is a kind of blind hem stitch which allows you to hem a garment without being very visible from the outside. It is good for heavy fabric or wide hems because it has quite a bit of hold to it, but also doesn't hold tightly, allowing a garment to flow. A catch stitch is just one way of finishing a garment by hand. If you're a beginner at sewing, this should not be a difficult stitch to understand.

Things You'll Need

  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Fabric
  • Turn up your allotted amount for a hem, and press it with an iron.

  • Use your needle to catch a few threads from the underside of the top layer of your fabric, and push the needle through.

  • In a slightly angled motion, catch a few threads about a 1/4-inch from the outside of the hem you pressed up earlier, and pull the thread through.

  • About another 1/4-inch away, pick up another few threads from the underside of your top fabric and push the needle through. The result should start looking like a series of wide Vs.

  • Continue pulling your needle through threads from the underside of your top layer and top of your hemmed layer every 1/4 to 1/2-inch.

  • When you are done, tie a knot with your thread.

  • At the end, tie a knot by wrapping your thread around the needle.

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