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Here are the (admittedly, very simple) instructions for (again, admittedly, very simple) hand sewing stitches.

These were put together for the class we're teaching next week, but I thought some of you may want to know some basic hand sewing techniques, too, so I'm uploading this as well!

This is specifically meant to work with my Simple Bag Tutorial, but shall work for any time you're looking to sew something!

And, yes, because someone is going to point it out, that last one isn't an "applique stitch," it's just a modified whip stitch over the top, but that's a little more to explain to 12-year olds who may or may not have ever sewn before, so I figured, call it something simple and that be that.

So, please, anyone who wants to point that out to me shall have it pointed out that they are too lazy to read, and to please go away…


Also, did I ever mention how much I <3 Illustrator? I'm starting to feel like I should have been a technical illustrator, and not a sewing person... alas XP

Please do not redistribute, edit, repost, or claim as your own. You can link to this deviation, no problem, but you cannot repost them.

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FireAhoge Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist

:)

 

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rnko26 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
hey im 29 and it STILL helps me thanks for the help
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kirilee Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hiya! I hope you don't mind but I have linked this tutorial into the description of my own sewing tutorial (to help some people with terminology). Thank you for providing a wonderful resource!
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plaidsandstripes Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
So...... USEFUL!!!
Geez. Thank you for making this!
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taeliac Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Any time!! I use these incessantly, and I'm thinking about trying to make similar diagrams of some more slightly advanced stitches - are they easy enough to follow? :glomp:
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plaidsandstripes Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
Yes, and it's nice to have one image with a variety of stitches clearly shown and named.

How about one that shows types of ways to start or end your string? I was only ever taught one way to start a string (basically dredlock-rolling a giant random knot) and everything else I make up. :p So that would be helpful too, especially if there was small text saying what each stitch or knot are best for.
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MileniaKitsuvee Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Finally, a tutorial about stitching that shows you in a simple way instead of paragraphs of complicated manuvers. lol Thanks for posting! I only have one question, what is the best stitch to sew on the head to the body of plush? (Even if the stitch isn't posted here, I'll go look for it) I'm having problems with that, they just don't end up looking nice. :/
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Hell-is-a-56 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
Can I ask- what's each one good for?
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PavelZakarovRomanov Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thnzs
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Chknut Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
All I ever do is the running stich >.< But maybe I'll learn these now, you're picture makes them look not so hard! :D
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BAMillustration Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
How fun! I'm a super-noob at sewing, good to have some nice, easily understandable visuals. :)
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Shaneroma Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
i mcan't see the pic or the file ><"
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mint-menta-me Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
it's a pdf. I couldn't see it either, had to download it.
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nekofluffybutt Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Student General Artist
:) I have done all of these and I don't want to say mastered but I got pretty at it for only doing it for two days xD Thanks this is so clear it's ridiculous. Thanks anyways.
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nekofluffybutt Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Student General Artist
Thank you for the awesome tutorial, I just started sewing today, and already this helped me out!
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SHadyLAdy-70 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
I'm designing a website for a school assignment, and one of the major parts of the site included tutorials and I wanted to ask if I could use this image as a thumbnail (credited to you), but since you said that we cannot repost, I won't use it. Please let me know if I do have your permission to use a thumbnail of this deviation. The website won't actually be live, it's just the flat design.
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taeliac Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh, thank you eve so much for asking! You most definitely have my permission to do so :glomp:
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SHadyLAdy-70 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much, I will show you the designs if you like, once I finish the project.
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Sarablack10 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you sooo much. This is super clear about the most basic stitches. Honestly, you would think you'd be able to find a guide on these that are really clear, but I couldn't until now. :) Thanks!
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painted-flamingo Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
this is helpful (:
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animelover140 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010
Thank you so much I've been trying to figure out how to make a back stitch for a long time now, and I also have a question for you. Besides a running stitch, which stitch do you think is best for sewing things together because I use the running stitch and the things I make seem not want to stay together or not very well?
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ColorfulNumbers Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010
Thank you for taking the time to share your tutorials. I'm not sure why, but most stitch illustrations seem harder to follow. Your work is very clear and easy to understand.

Much appreciated!
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Spikie Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010  Student General Artist
hey, i was wondering, what would you use a backstitch for? is it stronger than a running stitch?
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yes! It is much, much more durable, because each stitch basically "locks" the previous, so it can take more of a beating easily (it's great for plushies, I just found out today - it keeps the stuffing in place better than just a regular running stitch!)
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Spikie Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010  Student General Artist
ah, i seeee, thankyou :)
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UnicornReality Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This has a feature here!

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Andichan04 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Professional General Artist
Cool! Even though I already know how to do these, I'm sure it will be a really helpful tute for many. :) And seems simple enough for your kiddos!
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
:giggle: It certainly helped immensely! Although, I often called them either the back-step stitch, or the in out in out stitch :giggle:
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Kaitorei Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This will be quite helpful! Thank you for these!! :love:
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Not a problem!! They're the foundations for all hand sewing stuff - once you master these, you can do just about anything!
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NekoFlameAlchemist Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010
Ooh very nicely done :D
That's a lovely little tutorial right there - than you for taking the time to share this ^^
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Kanzashi-Hime Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
ohhh I love you so much right now! Mum has been trying to teach me the back stitch for quite awhile but I keep forgetting! Now I can just refer back to this when I do :D Thank you!!!
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deathkid444 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010
Cool, ty^__^ ~!
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
No problem!! :giggle:
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Pandachu13 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Omigooooooosh. Thank you so so so so much. Recently, I checked out two books from the library, "Subversive Seamster" by Melissa Alvarado, Hope Meng, and Melissa Rannels, and "Let's Make Cute Stuff" by Aranzi Aronzo (Have you heard of either?). And their descriptions of backstitches were always so confusing!! Thanks for clearing up the mess.

Thanks again. C: <3
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Elnamis Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oooh! very helpful! 8D
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dragoon811 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I really appreciate these handy dandy tutorials, taeliac!!! :heart:

These would have been SO handy when making my sister's steampunk bag, since it's similar in design. -.-;;

Shame you didn't include the saddle stitch... granted, it works best in leather but it's the one I most often use when sewing!!! God bless the saddle stitch!!!!!

AND WELCOME BACK TO DA!

I've moved btw... if u need my new addy for hair stickies. I hope that you are in better health, I always worry when you disappear ;_;.
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amarnth Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Excellent visual guide, although the backstitch looks like what I was taught as half-backstitch.
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Avontez Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010
That is one of the best illustrations of a back stitch I've ever seen! Nice and simple and the angle is easy to view. I hate when sewing illustrations have endless dotted lines trying to explain how a stitch is supposed to go.
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Aberleigh Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010
Thank you! It may seem basic, but it helps a lot for beginners.
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hehe, I certainly hope so! It's really hard to try to explain a backstitch to people, so hopefully, this will make it easier :D

Plus, it may keep people from being too afraid of it being difficult to hand sew :D

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kellin Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I need to staple this to my friggin forehead.
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
:giggle: Maybe - at least, for the class :giggle:
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