Hello fashion sewers and welcome to another fashion sewing tutorial and online video demonstration at Fashion Sewing Blog.
Every now and again, I do like to take things back to the very basics and today’s post is no exception.
Now that’s not to say we won’t be learning, or exploring the finer details of this wonderful art we choose to participate in, but without adopting these basics, and mastering the fundamental fashion sewing skills, we are set to ultimately fail.
‘And I don’t know about you, but that’s the last thing I want’.
Therefore (and regular readers will no doubt tell you), that I do promote hand sewing as I honestly feel it gives a more tailored look and professional finish to a sewing project.
If we can but develop a rudimentary understanding and a practical dexterity of these techniques, then more the better!
Today’s hand sewing technique, under our fashion sewing spotlight is -
The Catch Stitch!
The catch stitch does in part resemble a cross-stitch.
It is used primarily to join layers of fabric together, keeping them flat against one another securely.
Whether you’re cross stitching a hem, seam allowance or keeping one section of a garment in contact with another, the cross stitch allows for movement.
Further more (as I mention with most hand sewing techniques), the cross stitch gives a great finish and professional look.
Want to see how it’s done? Let me show you!
Hand Sewing – The Catch Stitch
Some Catch Stitch Points To Remember
1 – The direction of the cross stitch will travel from left to right.
2 – The needle first goes into the layer of fabric that lays flat against the other, traveling a couple of millimetres. The needle then comes up, and crosses over to the under section of the fabric. The needle then enters that fabric section and the process is mirrored.
3 – The needle should point to the left as you sew back and forth.
4 – Catch one layer and then the other, creating a crossing over effect.
5 – The catch stitch is complete.
Now I know it looks simple (and it is) but you’d be surprised how many fashion sewers out there get it wrong.
As I’ve mentioned, if you’re anything like me, a bit of a perfectionist and protagonist of fashion sewing, then getting these basics just right is as important, if not more so, than creating clothing itself.
If you have any questions than please feel free to contact me.
Happy fashion sewing
Colleen G Lea