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Guestpost: Sewing by hand

Last week we let you know this post was late. But it was worth the wait. Today on our Blogtour we have Deborah from Sprouting Jube Jube. She will teach you how to sew handsew. Handsewing your hems and linings is a beautiful way to finish the inside of your garment. Read, and try it yourself. To celebrate Deborah sharing her knowledge with us, we are having a Giveaway. Read to the end of the post to know what we are giving away and how.

Hand sewing using the Amare Dress & Tunic pattern by Sofilantjes

Hi, I’m Deb of Sprouting JubeJube, and today I’m going to share a couple of secrets of hand sewing. I used Amare Dress and Tunic pattern by Sofilantjes to show you the blind hem stitch and the ladder stitch.

Its always so tempting to find short cuts to be able to finish a garment a little faster but in all honesty I love hand sewing. To me its very calming to sit and take the time to hand sew with a hot cup of tea or coffee. 

Sewing a blind hem to a garment. You’ll be able to use this one to hem just about anything. I start by serging the raw edge or using a zigzag stitch on my plain sewing machine. Then press the hem up to the desired hem allowance.

Some, when hand sewing like to use bee’s wax, it prevents knots from forming in your thread. 

On the outside of the garment use small stitches so that the thread doesn’t show. Stitches should be about 2cm (3/4″) apart. 

Sewing the bodice lining to the main garment creates a beautiful finish without worries of visible top stitching. 

Small even stitches, once through the lining, then through the main dress, using the seam from the skirt and bodice as a guide.

The stitches seem to form a ladder, hence its name the ladder stitch. this stitch can also be used to close up throw pillows or repair stuffed animals.

Once I pull on the thread to tighten the ladder stitch I get a nice clean finish.

Last quick tip for hand sewing…no I’m not goint to explain how to show on a button but how many knew that the buttonhole dictates which way the button should be sewn on. If using a button with two holes like this one seeing that the buttonhole is horizontal the button should also be stitched on horizontally. If using a button with four holes, same should apply, your stitching should be in the same direction as the buttonhole.
 

I hope I was able to give some insight into hand sewing. For modeled photos of this very adorable tunic come visit my blog, Sprouting JubeJube…Julia just love her new tunic!

Thank you Deborah

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3 thoughts on “Guestpost: Sewing by hand

  1. Thanks for the tips! I always do my buttons by hand, and I always handsew quilting binding (I agree, very relaxing!), but it has been a long time since I’ve sewn a blind hem. My mom made me do it once on a dress I made for a 4-H project back in high school 🙂

  2. I do a little handstitching but usually I’m too impatient (lack the time) to do hand-stitching for hems and linings. It looks soooo much better though 🙂

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