Tips,Tricks and Inspiration for Creative Success
Blog by Sher
I have a top (3,4,5, etc) list of the most embarrassing moments or situations. Of course, I won't post them here, but there is #3 - the split, torn or open seam. It becomes worse when you are not aware of it and someone else is. Hopefully the viewer will be kind enough to tell you discretely you have a split seam.
Hand Sewing is foreign to many people these days. It's not difficult to learn; I believe it's easier for busy people to have their clothing sent out for repair, so it's not a commonly thought of skill.
Practice makes perfect, so I'm sharing with you two solid techniques in sewing that are easy to learn and will prevent Embarrassing Moment #3 (most times!). If you want to practice the techniques while you are viewing, gather:
The Ladder Stitch is excellent for pulling seams together or large angled tears. To begin, cut about 10" of thread. Push thread through the needle eye and tie a knot in a single strand at the end. Fold the scrap fabric in half to make a mock seam (you will sew the edges, not the fold). If this is a bit confusing, take your time. Try and picture you are making a ladder (hence the name).
1. Begin with right sides out and the seam you are sewing folded in about 1/8” to 1/4”. Insert the needle and thread so the knot will be on the inside of your starting point.
2. Re-insert your needle at A, close to the fold of the seam. Push through to B, keeping the thread below the folds.
3. Guide the needle in the fold a short distance (as above) and push through at C.
4. Repeat this method until the seam is closed.
5. Run thread through fabric away from the seam, pull up remainder and cut excess. This prevents a knot from showing at the end of the sewing.
The Running Stitch is another excellent stitch to practice and use in fashion emergencies. If you learn no other stitch, learn this one. It is the easiest and will also be good practice for sewing on a button. It's simply a motion of inserting the needle at one point - call this A - and push up through the fabric. Next push the needle down at point B, just about 1/8th" from point A. Continue this until the stitches pull the tear together. It should look like a dashed line.
Now that you are armed with the skill to prevent embarrassing life moment #3, hopefully you will be able to avoid the dreaded split seam or help someone else.
Wishing you success and inspiration in all you do, today and always!