Hand sewing techniques are important to learn for detail work, and basting, a very loose running stitch, and the back stitch are the two most useful stitches to learn. Practice hand stitching for a variety of projects with instructions from a sewing craftsman in this free video on sewing.
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Hi my name is Sam Lewis from madebysam.com and I'm here to discuss some hand sewing techniques. The first stitch you're ever going to need and the most basic and useful is the basting stitch which is a very loose running stitch. You basically pull your thread through and then go down and back up every quarter inch or so until you reach the end, tie it off and then you can go back and either hand sew your actual seam or machine sew a seam. If you want to hand sew a seam there are several stitches you can use. My favorite is called a back stitch. Starting from the back of the fabric, pull your thread through, go down and back through about 3/16's of an inch down the line, pull your thread taut and come back up half way between those two points, go forward about 3/16's of an inch again, come back up at the half way point and continue. So just go slow and steady and we'll eventually get a full line of stitching. This is a great thing to do in front of the TV, listen to music, or something that otherwise can occupy some of your attention. Pay attention to your stitch length as you go because the longer you do it the more bored you get and the longer you want to make your stitches. Once you have reached the end of your stitch go back through the same place that you dropped the previous stitch, pull it through your fabric, loop underneath the last stitch, pull it through the loop you are making now, tie it off, cut it off and you have a back stitch. A good mechanical solid stitch and there are some hand sewing techniques.