As promised, here are two video tutorials to hopefully help your hand sewing get better. I don’t hand sew too incredibly often, but when I do, I always use these methods. After attending Gertie’s tailoring class at Sewing Summit, I’m convinced I need to do more hand sewing in my garment construction. Also, I’m convinced that Gretchen should take up bookbinding.
This first method is for keeping your tails in place when you’re hand sewing with one thread. I’m not entirely sure what to call it, so for lack of a better phrase, it’s the stay-put tail. It keeps the thread from slipping out the eye of the needle! I don’t bother to do this if I’m doubling up the thread.
This second technique is about adding thread if you run out. I like it because it’s low profile (doesn’t create giant bumps or lumps), incredibly fast and sturdy. It also allows me to sew with smaller lengths of thread to avoid tangles. Do you hear Felix’s cooing?
Hope these video tutorials are helpful! I hope to make more video tutorials in the future. Is there anything you’d like to see specifically? Feel free to leave it in the comments or email me.