Use this stitch for hemming. It is virtually invisible and very durable -- the thread is hidden inside the fold of the fabric, where it's not subject to wear and tear. Make a small fold in the fabric, just enough to encase the raw fabric edge; press the fold. Then make another fold the size you want the hem to be. Put the needle inside the fold, push it through to the front layer of fabric, and pick up just a thread or two of the fabric. Send the needle back into the fold, and repeat.
Needle rides inside the fold
This is how it should look on the other side
just tiny little stitches that barely show
Approximates the straight stitch on the sewing machine. It is strong, perfect for mending a seam. With right (front) sides of the fabric together, bring the needle through the two layers of fabric. Insert the needle back down through the fabric about 1/8 inch to the right; bring it back up 1/8 inch to the left of where you started (so each stitch will overlap the last by 1/8 inch). Repeat.
Thread will always fall in the center of the needle bite
Also called basting, this joins pieces of fabric together temporarily. Novices may want to baste before sewing. Insert the needle at evenly spaced intervals into the fabric several times, then pull needle and thread through. Repeat.
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