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Hand Stitches for Hand Sewing

Running Stitch for Basting & Gathering

Running Stitch for Basting

The Running Stitch is one that I would use to baste a seam that I wanted to be temporary. If you are making a very fitted top in a delicate fabric, you use running stitch to sew the major seams and are then able to try it on to see how it fits. You can also try other running seams to take it in and see how it looks with in a smaller size..

A machine stitching line would potentially damage the fabric.

The Running Stitch is not a good stitch for a permanent seam. A slight tug on the seam will cause it to pull and pucker.

Start Running Stitch

The first stitch: stitch down at the start of the seam and comes up about 1/2 inch away.

Start Running Stitch

Stitch up and down the length of the seam. It is not critical for the stitches to be even as they are temporary.

Finished Running Stitch

Smooth fabric along the thread and use a knot to finish.

Running Stitch for Gathering

This again is something that I would use for very small projects or for mending. If you have a gathered skirt where the gathers are broken and dropping from the waistband.

Finished Running Stitch

Run a line of stitches where you want to make gathers. It can give you more control to run two lines of stitching side by side.

Finished Running Stitch

Pull the gathering thread until the gathers are the desired length for the project and tie a knot.

Space the gathers evenly along the thread, ready for final stitching.

 

 

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