Sewing for Beginners: 5 Basic Stitches You Should Know
Ready to try out creating a clothing piece or other project for the first time? Then you’ll want to first study up on your stitching. After all, knowing when to choose the right one is half the effort of creating a finished piece. If you’re new to sewing, here are a few of the most common stitches that you’ll need to understand how to do.
1. Running Stitch
If you’ve ever tried hand stitching, then you’re probably familiar with the running stitch. It is one of the easiest methods for sewing two pieces of fabric together, but it does take a bit of getting used to in order to ensure your stitching is even. While it is most used in embroidery, it can be part of your sewing project for small items like children’s items, pet toys, or any other time you have a small row of stitching. It is a great decorative stich we are seeing now in ready to wear.
2. Slip Stitch
Another important stitch to know how to do by hand is the slip stitch. This is super easy to do and quite useful for mending small holes in clothing, upholstery, or your child’s favorite teddy bear. Really, the only thing you need for doing a slip stitch is a needle, thread, and two pieces of fabric.
3. Basic Forward and Backward Stitch
If you’re using a machine to create projects with our eco-friendly fabrics, you’ll want to master both the basic forward and backward stitch. These are exactly how they sound: one is a stitch going in the forward direction, while the other repeats back where you’ve previously been.
4. Lightning Stitch
There is a good chance you’ve heard of the lightning stitch before. This stich is great for sewing knit fabrics. It allows the stretchy fabric to give a little more than the typical straight stitch on a standard machine.
There are so many tutorials out there- it is hard to include all the stitches you would need to know. The nice thing about sewing with knit fabrics is that they won't unravel, so no edge finishing is needed.