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Hand Stitches

Back Stitch for Mending & Hand Sewing

The Back Stitch is the first stitch that my mother taught me when I asked for new doll clothes as a child. She showed the Rag Bag and let do whatever I wished. It is not practical to sew full garments by hand.

This is the stitch I use now if a seam in one of my outfits has split or broken and I need to mend it. It never seems worth it to get the sewing machine out and set it up to sew an opening a couple of inches long.

The Back Stitch is good because it is firm and does not pull out easily the way that a Running Stitch would.

You need to use a strong knot to start a seam used for garments. I a showing a heavy 6 strand embroidery thread to show better in the Pictures. In real life I would use a sewing thread which I usually double for strength.

Back Stitch for Mending

The first stitch: stitch down at the start of the seam and comes up about 1/4 inch away.

Back Stitch for Mending

The second stitch: stitch down about half way between the start and the finish of the first stitch. It comes up about 1/4 inch farther along from the end of the first stitch.

Finished Seam Using Back Stitch

Repeat stitches until you reach the end of the seam. When you get to the end, tie off with a knot. It does not matter which side the knot is on, because this is for a seam on the inside of a garment.

Finished Seam Using Back Stitch

In this case the knot turns out to be on the Reverse Side.

 

 

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