Sabado, Marso 12, 2011

different kinds of needles and types of sewing stitches (a visual guide to hand stitching) by: Lorain blanken

Hand Sewing Needles

Make the correct choice when choosing a hand sewing needle to eliminate damaging fabric and make the task easier.

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Assortment of hand sewing needles and information about hand sewing needles.
Hand Sewing Needles
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Description: Hand sewing needles are available in varying sizes with varying points. They guide the thread through fabric when you are hand sewing. 

Use: Hand sewing needles are used in all types of hand sewing. The most commonly used hand sewing needles are called sharps. Sharps have a medium length (in comparison with all available needles), have a round eye for the thread and are suitable for almost any fabric. 

Specialty needles are rarely used. A curved needle is not for sewing circles. It would commonly be used for hand sewing upholstery, when a straight needle would not fit. 

Thick heavy needles would be used on fibers that are thick and difficult to sew through. The finer the fabric, the finer the needle you would choose. 

Care & Maintenance: The strawberry helps to keep needles sharp and smooth. Read more about the strawberry in pincushions. 

Available Options: Hand sewing needles come in a wide variety of shapes and forms. Test your choice of sewing needle on an inside seam to be sure it will not be making holes in the fabric. 

Expense: Hand Sewing needles are a very inexpensive sewing notion. They are widely available. When sewing expensive and delicate fabric, do not scrape-by with inexpensive needles that could lose their coating and snag the fabric, instead buy a brand name at a fabric store.

When I was little, I thought that sewing was all about not tangling the thread. Now I've come to learn that different kinds of stitches have their own purpose, and can make or break a project. Here is a list of common stitches and how to make them.

1. Straight Stitch

Straight StitchRain Blanken
A straight stitch is the most common stitch in sewing. It is a simple way to connect two pieces of fabric.
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2. Overcast Stitch

Overcast StitchRain Blanken
An overcast stitch is used to to both protect the raw edges of fabric and as a decorative stitch.

3. ZigZag Stitch

ZigZag StitchRain Blanken
A zigzag stitch is a very good way to protect the raw edges of fabric.

4. Blanket Stitch

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A blanket stitch is often used to trim the raw edges of fabric.

5. Buttonhole Stitch

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A buttonhole stitch is used to trim the raw edges of fabric to secure the edges of a button hole.

6. Slip Stitch

A slip stitch is used when you do not want the stitching to appear visible on the finished project.

7. Chain Stitch

A chain stitch is a decorative stitch used to easily embroider designs onto your projects.

8. Running Stitch

A running stitch is a kind of straight stitch that can be made by putting the needle through many folds of fabric instead of one stitch at a time.
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9. Back Stitch

A backstitch is a strong repetitive stitch that will keep two pieces of fabric together.

10. How to Thread a Sewing Needle

For beginners, threading the needle can often be the hardest part of sewing. Here, our Guide to Sewing will show you how to get the thread through easily.

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