Sewing 101: Hand Slip Stitch

Sewing 101: Hand Slip Stitch

The slip stitch, sometimes referred to as a ladder stitch, is an effective easy way to close up seams that require stuffing, or discreet seams that cannot be sewn with a sewing machine. Sewing a slip stitch by hand continues the look of a seam without seeing visible stitches.

Use this hand stitch to enclose seams for stuffed toys, pillows, apparel lining, and mitered corners.

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Depending on the project and fabric, determine if a doubling your thread or single thread is best. For this tutorial, a double thread of contrast color is used.

Step 1

Knot the thread and insert needle inside the seam allowance along where the seam should continue:

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Step 2

Insert needle directly across into the other seam allowance. Push the needle through the underside of the seam allowance and reemerge about 1/8” out to continue to the ladder formation joining the 2 fabrics:

Chair Upholstery

Chair Upholstery

Step 3

Once the seam is joined, pull the thread so that the fabrics are firmly together, the thread is secure and no gathering occurs:

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Step 4

Knot the thread off twice:

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Step 5

Insert the needle and thread into the seam and reemerge in an insignificant location. Pull the thread so that you can snip the thread at the base of where it comes out the fabric. The thread end will be lost inside the project.

Chair Upholstery

Chair Upholstery

Form the finished result:

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Happy Sewing!

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