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How To Stitch

Updated on October 22, 2011

Stitching is a talent that may be needed at any point of time in life. So at least having a little know how about it is necessary to cope up with any crucial situation. Simple stitches are so easy that there are no efforts required to learn it even.

It’s simple and yet helping. And if someone really learns to stitch well than this means no one can beat you for styles as this would develop a better understanding in you for this sense.

Things Required


Get the variety from the market. Sharp ones for basic sewing while, "betweens" are used for quilting. "Embroidery" needles have bigger eyes (an eye is the hole at the top of the needle) and are used with thicker threads, like upholstery or embroidery floss.


Best to use when you start stitching or when you have just started to learn how to stitch is to go to cloth shops and get the remnants. These are the tits and bits of clothes that you may find on shops often without paying any cost or either at very low price. So this goes best for practicing purpose.


You'll want a good pair of cuts and a pair of pinking scissors. Pinking shears have small triangular teeth that cut the fabric in such a way that it reduces disentanglement. Small scissors are also good for cutting threads.

Measuring tape

For measuring, what ever you want to stitch. If needed.


These are corks kind of things worn on fingers while stitching. These are made of different material like wood or metal and are actually aimed at securing your fingers from getting pricked while sewing.


Use beeswax in order to make your thread strong and stopping it from detangling with the cloth. Just run your thread over bees wax and you will make it strong enough.

Thread or Floss

Again you would now need thread for sewing purpose. What to sew and what is the material to be sewed would help in selecting the thread to be bought.

Usually cotton threads are said to be all purpose threads used commonly for sewing generally.

While for preferences if you have to sew cotton you may use cotton thread, for silk you would find silk thread and for embroidery you may find floss. It is much thicker and usually is consist of six to seven strings.

Seam Ripper

This will help you in unstitching any sewed stitch that is done wrongly.

So now we are up with all basic elements. Let’s move ahead towards sewing

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Threading Needle

After collecting all things your first move towards sewing is to thread the needle. Needles are threaded in two ways either singly threaded or double threaded.

Cut the edge of thread that you want to pass by needle eye with sharp scissors so you get clean edge to pass out of it easily. Now once you have inserted thread into eye pull it out a little more.

After doing this now it’s up to you as to how you want to keep it that is single or double threaded. If you want it single threaded tie the knot after keeping and cutting one longer end of thread. On the contrary if you want it double stretch the smaller end and equal thread on both sides of needle and than tie a knot at the end.

Taking Stitches

There are two common types of stitches, running and basting stitches. Running is the common stitch used by almost every one and easiest to learn. All you need to do is that insert needle into cloth from the bottom or back side of cloth so that knot stays at the back.

Now once your needle have crossed cloth piece pull it whole up so that no thread is left below the cloth and insert needle back from up of the clothes towards any side left or right to the point where needle was.

While basting stitches are extended running stitches. These are used for appliqués, joining two pieces of clothes or for embroidery. This stitch seems same from the back and front both sides. These are simply longer stitches of size about one fourth to half inch long.

So guys, this is this much simple. Strange isn’t it. It’s cool you have learnt stitching so easily. Enjoy stitching yourself.

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