Hand Sew a Slip Stitch

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    Anchor the Knot

    Anchor the hand sewing knot
    Anchor the Thread Knot. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    A slip stitch is commonly used to sew hems and hand sew when you don't want the stitches to show.  Appliques with the edges turned under is another application to sew in place with a slip stitch.

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    The Slip Stitch

    how to sew a popular hemming stitch... the slip stitch
    The First Slip Stitch. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • Use the tip of the needle to pick up a few threads of the fabric from the body of the garment, directly under where the thread knot was anchored.
    • Pull the needle through the fabric toward the hem edge.
    • Move the needle over and insert the needle into the hem edge, so the stitch itself is under the hem edge or the fabric being sewn on.
    • Repeat the stitch, picking up the threads of the garment fabric in the same direction on each stitch, keeping the stitch spacing as even as possible.
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    Slip Stitch Tips

    Sample of Hand Sewn Slip Stitch
    Sample of Hand Sewn Slip Stitch. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    Hand Sewing Tips

    • Use a single thread for less visibility.
    • If the area you are sewing is not a durable type area, use bobbin thread for less visibility.
    • On lightweight tightly woven fabric, consider sewing with thin bobbin thread for less visibility.
    • Practice the stitch on gingham fabric to learn to evenly space your stitches.Tips for Evenly Spaced Hand Sewn Stitches
    • Practice being consistent so that all of your stitches are uniform in size and direction. Always keep the stitches in the same...MORE direction  and the same size as much as possible so they appear even on the outside of the garment if the stitches are visible.