Simple running stitch

First you need to thread a sharp needle of medium length with a sharp point. You will probably have your own method, but if not here are a few tips;

Cut the thread to ensure there are no fine wisps to prevent it going easily through the eye of the needle.

Moisten end of thread by passing it between the lips, or between dampened fingers.
Pass thread straight through the eye .Do not knot or twist it.

Now that the needle is threaded;

It is personal preference how you start, either with a small knot at the end of your thread, or repeat your first stitch over again to anchor in position.( To use a knot would most definitely not have been accepted by my school needlework teacher).

Insert the threaded needle through the thicknesses of fabric to be stitched, and bring it out again a fraction of an inch farther along.

Make a few more stitches in this way and pull the thread right through. Do not pucker. For speed, make two or three stitches and store them on the needle before pulling the thread through.

Upper stitches of equal length.

The under stitches should also be of equal length, but half the size or less of the upper stitches.

The reason why you should learn to hand sew, even though you have a sewing machine, is that you must be able to do all the basic hand sewn stitches, because there are many occasions in the making up of a garment when hand sewing is necessary and machining is impossible. This is especially so for beginners .For instance tacking and catch stitching are done by hand.Fastenings are mostly sewn on by hand. Also if you are intending to indulge in the art of patchwork, English paper piecing for example, is all worked by hand, plus the engaging technique of slow stitching can be found to be quite therapeutic.

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