Last week we let you know this post was late, but it was worth the wait. Today, on our Blog Tour, we have Deborah from Sprouting Jube Jube. She will teach you how to hand-sew. Hand sewing your hems and linings is a beautiful way to finish the inside of your garment. Please read, and try it yourself. To celebrate Deborah sharing her knowledge with us, we are having a giveaway. Please read to the end of the post to know what we are giving away and how.
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.
It’s always so tempting to find shortcuts to finish a garment a little faster, but in all honesty, I love hand sewing. It is 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 simple sewing machine. Then press the hem up to the desired hem allowance.
When hand sewing, some 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 topstitching.
Once through the lining, small even stitches 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. You can also use this stitch 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 going to explain how to sew on a button but how many knew that the buttonhole dictates how someone should attach the button. If using a button with two holes, like this one seeing that the buttonhole is horizontal, the button should also be stitched horizontally. If using a button with four holes, the 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 loves her new tunic!
Thank you Deborah
Only two more posts left! Did you learn something this blogtour?
March 7: How to alter a pattern – Deka Wear