Sometimes hand sewing is better for a project than machine sewing.
There are several reasons for this including, but not limited to, your machine can’t do a certain stitch or it’s impossible to get the fabric under the needle for the particular task you want to do.
Regardless of the reason, you need to know basic hand sewing skills.
Needles and Thread
To keep this post focused on helping you learn basic hand sewing skills, I don’t talk in-depth about selecting needles and thread for your project.
However, these are two important factors in hand sewing.
If you have questions or want to learn about hand sewing needles, check out the Hand Needle Guide from Joann.com.
It features photos and descriptions of 14 different hand sewing needles, as well as needle threaders, thimbles and a couple of other hand sewing tools.
Does thread have you confused?
According to this sewingpartsonline.com article Thread Mastery: A Guide to Understanding Thread, all-purpose thread is what you’ll use 95% of the time. It is good for all weights of fabric and is usually made from polyester or cotton.
The Thread Mastery Guide is very in-depth and provides A LOT of information. If you want to learn more about thread, it’s a great resource to read and bookmark for future reference.
Hand Sewing Lessons for Beginners
To help you learn basic hand stitching techniques, I created a series of 6 step-by-step lessons designed with the beginner in mind.
Each lesson includes both photo and video tutorials so you can learn in the format that best meets your learning style.
Projects With Hand Sewing
Most of the sewing projects featured on The Ruffled Purse require the use of a sewing machine.
The projects below need a little hand sewing, too.
- How to Make Pattern Weights
- Sew a Round Pillow Cover with Fringe Trim
- Sew a Square Pillow Cover with Pom Pom Trim
- How to Sew a Fabric Yo-Yo
- How to Sew a Tic-Tac-Toe Board
There are a couple of projects that require only hand sewing.
My main goals are to support, empower, and inspire you to discover the joy of sewing.
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