How to Sew by Hand

How to Sew by Hand

Sewing - Threading the Needle

Sewing - Threading the Needle

Sewing - The Running Stitch

Sewing - The Running Stitch

Sewing - The Back Stitch

Sewing - The Back Stitch

Sewing - The Whip Stitch

Sewing - The Whip Stitch

Sewing - The Slip Stitch

Sewing - The Slip Stitch

Sewing - The Catch Stitch

Sewing - The Catch Stitch

Sewing - The Button Hole Stitch

Sewing - The Button Hole Stitch

Sewing on Shirt Buttons

Sewing on Shirt Buttons

Sewing on Shank Buttons

Sewing on Shank Buttons

Sewing on Snaps

Sewing on Snaps

Sewing on Hook and Eyes

Sewing on Hook and Eyes

Sewing on Pants Hook and Eyes

Sewing on Pants Hook and Eyes

Simple Sewing Basics

Simple Sewing Basics

Sewing on Pants Hook and Eyes

Sewing on Pants Hook and Eyes

Sewing on Hook and Eyes

Sewing on Hook and Eyes

Sewing on Snaps

Sewing on Snaps

Sewing on Shank Buttons

Sewing on Shank Buttons

Sewing on Shirt Buttons

Sewing on Shirt Buttons

Sewing - The Button Hole Stitch

Sewing - The Button Hole Stitch

Sewing - The Catch Stitch

Sewing - The Catch Stitch

Sewing - The Slip Stitch

Sewing - The Slip Stitch

Sewing - The Whip Stitch

Sewing - The Whip Stitch

Sewing - The Back Stitch

Sewing - The Back Stitch

Sewing - The Running Stitch

Sewing - The Running Stitch

Sewing - Threading the Needle

Sewing - Threading the Needle

How to Sew by Hand

How to Sew by Hand

Easy Sewing Project - Tablecloth

Easy Sewing Project - Tablecloth

Easy Custom Christmas Tree Skirt

Easy Custom Christmas Tree Skirt

Simple Sewing Basics

Simple Sewing Basics

Beading Basics

Beading Basics

Beading Basics-How to Make a Simple Pair of Earrings

Beading Basics-How to Make a Simple Pair of Earrings

Beading Basics-Peyote Stitch

Beading Basics-Peyote Stitch

Beading Basics-Brick Stitch

Beading Basics-Brick Stitch

Beading Basics-Herringbone Stitch

Beading Basics-Herringbone Stitch

Needlepoint

Needlepoint

Cross Stitching

Cross Stitching

How to Quilt

How to Quilt

Crocheting Beyond the Basics

Crocheting Beyond the Basics

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Dawn Anderson

http://www.dawnandersondesigns.com  

Dawn began sewing when she was 5 years old and it has since become a lifelong pursuit. Dawn earned a B.A. from Shenandoah University and an M.F.A. from Indiana University, both in Theatre Costume Design. During graduate school she had the opportunity to study in England at Bournemouth University where she focused on corsetry techniques, traditional hand tailoring, and fashion history. During college she worked as a costume designer and patternmaker for theatre and dance, making custom clothing for performers, specialty garments, historic reproductions, corsetry, millinery, and taught basic to advanced sewing classes. After college, she went to work as a free-lance designer and cutter in Edinburgh, Scotland. She returned to the US and began her small ready to wear line and sewing pattern company in Washington DC and Northern Virginia. She currently sells sewing patterns for clothing and hats on her website and at tradeshows. She hand makes men's custom jackets and is expanding her women's ready to wear lines. Dawn currently teaches couture sewing and hat making at sewing conventions, local stores, and in her home in Northern Virginia. She is a member of the American Sewing Guild and leads her own group dedicated to Couture Sewing. Dawn has begun writing for sewing magazines and is working on a book on tailoring. She has also started filming sewing instruction videos and hopes to one day have her own TV show on sewing. Please feel free to visit her website for more information.

Sewing - The Running Stitch

Sewing expert Dawn Anderson demonstrates how to sew the running stitch.

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Hello, my name is Dawn Anderson and I'm showing you how to sew by hand. Right now, let's get started on sewing the running stitch. The running stitch is the most basic of all hand sewing stitches. It's used for a seam, for basting, and for hand gathering.

To begin, cut approximately 18 inches of thread. You will thread your hand sewing needle on one end and tie a small knot in the opposite end. Begin on one side of your fabric, take up a small amount of fabric on your needle, and then pull the needle and the thread through. To take your next stitch, move forward just a bit. Again, take up a small amount on your needle and pull the thread through. You want to pull your thread snug, not overly tight, so it puckers the surface of your fabric. Put the running stitch, you can just continue on in a straight line. Take up about the same amount of fabric on each stitch, so the running stitch can be used for sewing in temporary seams. If you are maybe working on a garment and you don't want to put the machine stitching in it, then you can do a test fitting with just your basted seams.

You can also use it for hand gathering, which I will show you. Once you have your running stitch in, if you wanted to gather it, you would then tighten up the fabric and it would make the gathers, but for now were just going to leave it flat. The smaller the stitch length, the stronger the seam, so this would actually -- I would consider a basting seam. Once you get to approximately where you would like to finish sewing, go ahead and tie a knot in your work. I like my knots to stay right on the surface of the fabric, put your thumb there, pull it tight, and cut your thread. That's how you sew the running stitch. Now, lets move on to sewing the backstitch.

by cereal_killerxx at 02/13/11 09:06AM Flag

Thank you so much! I was really scared earlier when I ripped my pants seeing as these are my favorite pair and no one in my house really knows how to sew. The instructions are very clear and precise. I'll be checking out the video on sewing buttons to fix my other pair of pants later this week.

Swing Tack by designerdude at 12/25/09 01:11AM Flag

Hi Dawn, Thank you for the excellent videos. Is there any chance you could do one for stitching a Swing Tack/French Tack? Cheers, JoJo

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