2 basic stitches to save you | Life Skills

I have always been the kind of person who likes to create their own version of things, which is why I got into sewing at an early age. And I quickly learned how useful of a skill is actually is and I want to tell you all about the 2 basic stitches that can save you and your clothes.

Not only are these easy to learn, but you can also implement them whenever something tears. It’s really worth the two minutes it takes to master them.

Blanket stitch

Start off like you would usually. Stick the needle into the fabric on side B (which won’t be visible, so you can tie off the end of the thread) and start a second stitch on the same side once again. But this time you will need to pull the thread over the needle, so you go between it and the fabric. Continue doing this until you reach where you want to be.

Basic stitches to save your life

I have created countless dolls with this. It gives them that old school vibe, because the finalized look will have a little outline, which looks absolutely awesome in my opinion. Especially if I use black thread and white fabric. The latter is just a personal preference, although if you enjoy looking at high contrast images this effect will please you as well.

Another great thing to use this for is if you don’t want something to fray. Simply make a plait with the edge of the fabric and start stitching. If you have a piece of clothing like this it will not be the same as before, but similar. For example, if the sleeve is frayed then it will be a little shorter and it will have an outline. Because of this, you will need to do the same on the other side.

Or it can also act as a decorative part of your clothing if you do it right.

Basic stitch

This is literally the easiest stitch to make out there. Your only job is to “draw” lines on the fabric. There are several ways you can do this, by creating parallel lines or just a straight one that alternates sides.

Basic stitches to save your life

I personally love to use this to create clothing, because this way I can hide the seamline really easily. Also, it’s the easiest way to sew two fabrics together, or I think so, at the very least. But I sew by hand, so I don’t know how much a machine could make it different.

It’s also good for repairing bigger tears, especially if they follow a seamline. Because then you can just stitch it together at the edges and pull the fabric together again.

Final thoughts

I love sewing, so I might be biased here, but I think everyone should know these two stitches at the very least. They can be learned and done in a couple of minutes and are literal life savers. I’ve had to use them countless times.

But it’s also great to relieve stress, or to do emotional selfcare with. The motions and repetitive and thus, less tiring. But it’s also an art form that let’s you express yourself really well. Especially if you learn a little from the pro, Annika.

Have you ever had to sew before?

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