Basic Hand Sewing Techniques You Need to Learn Now
Basic Hand Sewing Techniques You Need to Learn Now

Basic Hand Sewing Techniques You Need to Learn Now

Basic Hand Sewing Techniques You Need to Learn Now

Whether you’ve done it or not, most people have sewn garments by hand sewing all of the stitches. And despite having a sewing machine, there are just times that basic hand sewing is going to provide you the best results. You can learn more about hand sewn stitches as well as how to sew them. That way, you will know right away what stitch works best and where to use these various hand sewing stitches.

How to Thread a Hand Sewing Needle

How to thread a hand sewing needle.

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Threading a needle can definitely be an exasperating task, but here are some few suggestions to make it a bit easier. All you need is a pair of scissors, needle and thread.

  1. Cut the end of the Thread at a 45 degree angle.
  2. Hold the needle up to have a clear view of the eye, and slip the thread into it.
  3. Knot one end of the thread so as to leave one end loose to sew with one thread. You can also knot them together if you want to sew using both threads.
  4. Use a strand of thread for places that you don’t want the stitching to show (hems). You can also use two strands for additional strength (buttons).
  5. Straighten the threads to begin sewing. After each stitch, you can pull the thread to prevent thread knots.


  • If you are having difficulties locating the eye of the needle, place a contrasting colour behind it.
  • To strengthen and stiffen the thread, coating it with bees wax is your best option
  • Always use the apt needle for each project

Everything Hand Sewing Needles

In every project, you have to make sure that you choose the appropriate needle. This will help to eliminate damaging fabric and make the task easier. Moreover, hand sewing needles are available in various sizes. They basically act as a guide for threads to go through the fabric.

An array of beautiful sewing needles

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Hand sewing needles are used in different types of hand sewing projects, but the most common of all are called sharps. They have medium length and have round eye, making them suitable for almost any fabric.

Specialty Needles – this type of needles are barely used, and are commonly used for upholstery, especially when a straight needle won’t fit.

Thick Heavy Needles – these needles are used for thick fibers, which are all difficult to sew through. Just remember that the finer the fabric, the finer the needle you should use.

How to Know the End of Hand Sewing Threads

Familiarizing the thread knot that you mean to make can cause tension when it doesn’t need to. The best way is to practice a few times in order to get a hang of knotting. The worst that can happen, however, is wasting a couple feet of thread.

A thread being inserted into the eye of the needle.

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Here’s how:

  1. Put the thread on the needle.
  2. Place the end of the thread on your pointer finger and hold it in place using your thumb.
  3. Wrap the thread around your pointer finger
  4. Using your thumb, slide the threads together towards the end of your pointer finger.
  5. To slide the knot to the end of the thread, use both of the ends of your pointer finger and thumb. Do this gently while sliding the knot to the end of thread.

There you have it. Hope this basic hand sewing techniques can help you in your next project. Just remember: Practice make perfect.

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Alvin is a fashion and lifestyle writer who has recently earned interest in sewing his own clothes. Writing for Sewing Ideas gives him another avenue to express his experiences and learning in his sewing journey.

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