How to Sew With Needles

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Sewing machines may be a fast method of sewing things, but hand sewing with a needle and thread is sometimes more convenient. Beginners usually learn to use a needle by practicing the running stitch because it's basic and straightforward. Once you have mastered the use of a needle, you can learn complicated stitches and even advance to complex needlecrafts such as quilting and embroidery.

Things You'll Need

  • Sewing thread
  • Scissors
  • Sewing needle
  • Scrap fabric
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Cut a string of thread 18 inches long. Hold the needle up vertically so that the end with the eye points up.

  • Push one end of the thread through the eye of the needle, then pull it out through the other side of the eye. Continue pulling until one end of the thread is about 3 inches longer than the other. Tie a knot at the long end of the thread to prevent the thread from sliding through the fabric when you sew your first stitch.

  • Cut a piece of scrap fabric that is about 5 inches square and use a pencil to trace a line down the middle. Use this line as a guide for your stitches.

  • Place the needle under the fabric with the tip close to one end of the line. Push the tip of the needle up into the fabric through the line you drew. Pull the needle and thread out to the top of the fabric.

  • Push the tip of the needle back into the fabric, at a point on the line that is about ¼ inch away from the first insertion point. Pull the needle and thread out from the wrong side of the fabric.

  • Push the needle up through the fabric at a point on the line that is about ¼ inch from the last insertion point. Pull the needle and thread out.

  • Repeat steps 5 and 6 until you have stitches that look like even dashes running down the length of the line. End your last stitch with the needle on the wrong side of the fabric.

  • Push the needle back to the top of the fabric through the beginning of the last stitch, then push it back to the wrong side through the end of the stitch. Repeat this process once more to secure your work and finish with the needle on the wrong side of the fabric. Tie a knot in the thread close to the fabric then cut the thread.

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