Hand stitching is a timeless and traditional method of sewing that has been passed down from generation to generation. It requires only a needle and thread making it the simplest form of sewing yet often it gets overlooked. With a few hand stitching tips, you can create beautiful and durable seams for all your sewing projects. In this blog post we share some simple hand stitching tips with details sewing up the Hughes Dress bodice lining.
Tip 1: Needle
Firstly, use the right type of needle for your fabric. For example, a sharps needle is best for lightweight fabrics like silk, while a leather needle is best for heavier fabrics like leather.
Tip 2: Thread
Next, select the right thread for your project. A strong, waxed thread is ideal for hand stitching, as it will not break easily and will ensure your seams hold up over time. However, the easiest thread method to make sure your hand stitches last and are strong enough to hold is by doubling up the thread and tie a knot in the end when you start the stitch.
Tip 3: Pace
When it comes to hand stitching, a slow and steady pace is best. This will not only produce a more precise stitch, but it will also help prevent hand fatigue. If you're worried about hurting yourself, you can always use a thimble to protect your fingers and help push the needle through the fabric. This tends to be more beneficial when sewing heavy weight fabrics like coatings but can be a bit fiddly if you use it.
Tip 4: Technique
There are several ways to hand stitch and there is no right or wrong method. A simple running stitch is very effective but for the Hughes Dress Pattern in particular, you want to sew around the edge of the seam, rather than edgestitch. As you stitch, make sure to only sew through the layer of the lining and seam allowance so the thread doesn't show through on the front of the bodice on the right side of the fabric.
Tip 5: Stitch lengths
Finally, be mindful of your stitch length. A stitch that is too long will create a weak seam, while a stitch that is too short will create a bulky seam. Aim for a stitch length that is just long enough to securely hold the fabric together, but not so long that it creates too much bulk. This kind of sewing and consistency just takes a bit of practice and patience.
By following these hand stitching tips, you will be able to create beautiful, durable seams that will last for years to come. So grab your needle and thread, and start practicing your hand stitching! The perfect project to give these tips a go would be the beautiful Hughes dress, it is designed to be a timeless style with beautiful construction details that can be treasured for generations.