Hand Sewing and Embroidery

I often get the call to do a hem or replace a button because someone does not know how to hand sew. Hand sewing was something people did until 1830 when the sewing machine was invented. Still, these machines we not electric they were called treadles. This just meant that you had to use your foot to pump the machine.


We still had to hand sew along with sewing with our machines, and a lot of the stitches are used to close openings or hems, top stitching and embroidery patterns. Buttons fall off and they need to be sewn back on or a hem falls and it also needs to be repaired.


I have created 3 templates on hand sewing, beginners, intermediates and advanced.


PDF's can be found at delarosadesigns.net under the PDF tab.


The 17 stitches I will be showing you are the following:


Whip Stitch - All Sheets (Round and Round)

Back Stitch - All Sheets (Up and Down and not around)

Running Stitch - All Sheets (Up & Down and not around)

Cross Stitch - All Sheets (Up & Down and not around)

Straight Stitch - Intermediate and Advanced Sheets (Up & Down and not around)

Satin Stitch - Intermediate and Advanced Sheets (Up & Down and not around)

Split Stitch - Intermediate and Advanced Sheets (Up & Down and not around)

Chain Stitch - Intermediate and Advanced Sheets (Up & Down and not around)

Blanket Stitch - Intermediate and Advanced Sheets (Round & Round)

French Knots - Advanced Sheet (Up & Down and not around)

Stem Stitch - Advanced Sheet (Up & Down and not around)

Feather Stitch - Advanced Sheet (Up & Down and not around)

Fly Stitch - Advanced Sheet (Up & Down and not around)

Detached Chain Stitch - Advance Sheet (Up & Down and not around)

Ribbed Spider Wheel - Advance Sheet (Up & Down and not around)

Woven Spider Wheel - Advance Sheet (Up & Down and not around)

Side Feather Stitch - Advance Sheet (Up & Down and not around)


Up & down and not around, means that you are coming from under the fabric through the fabric and then from the top of the fabric through to under the fabric.


Round & round, mean that it is usually a stitch used on edges, so you keep going in a circle pattern around the edge of your fabric.


First, here are some techniques you will need to know on how to start your project.



Let's get started! Each stitch will have photos and a video instructions.


Whip Stitch


Back Stitch


Running Stitch


Cross Stitch


Straight Stitch


Satin Stitch


Split Stitch


Chain Stitch


Detached Chain Stitch


French Knots


Stem Stitch


Feather Stitch


Fly Stitch


Side Feather Stitch


Ribbed Spider Wheel


Woven Spider Wheel


Blanket Stitch



Here is my finished pieces:


Everyone has a different style when they like to hand sew. I know that when I am working on an art piece, I like to do slow stitch. Slow stitch to me is a mindful needlework process that allow me to enjoy my fabric as well as the stitch I chose. I sometimes do not use a hoop, sometimes I do. My students make fun of me when I say that, "I let the fabric speak to me, it tells me what stitch to use, especially if it has unique patterns.


If there is something that you would like to learn, send me a message at ida@sewimadethis.net.


I may consider selling beginner kits, if I get enough interests from my subscribers.


Next week we will be making something with 3 strips of fabric.


I do hope that you enjoy all of the videos I have created. I had fun doing them!



Love and world peace, Ms. Ida

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