Hand Stitch Basics for Quilting Beginners

In the past, most quilts were sewn by hand using a needle, thread, and simple stitches. These sewing basics were handed down from generation to generation:




Hand Quilting Tutorial For Beginners

Hand Quilting Stitches

  • Quilter’s knot

To make this knot, wrap your thread three times around your threaded needle and pull the wrapped thread down to the fabric to start and stop your stitching.

  • Running stitch

This stitch starts on the fabric front and pulls the thread to the back. Repeat over and over to create a line. Some quilters use a thimble to protect their fingers while pushing on the needle.

  • Tunneling stitch

Hold the needle almost parallel to the fabric for this technique. It helps to keep the stitches even.

  • Rocking stitch

This stitch is made by using the needle in a rocking manner to get a smooth line.

Any of these techniques is best learned while watching an expert. Whether you take lessons or find an online demonstration, practice produces the best results.

On this web page, I found a very blog post describing the stitches:    http://shrsl.com/?~9qlh

Your first Hand Quilting Project:

An ideal first project is a small 12-inch square. You will need a size 10 needle, all cotton 28 weight thread and your favorite coordinating fabrics.

Follow these steps to hand quilt:

  • Cut a length of thread about 18 inches long.
  • Tie a small knot at the end of the thread, and thread your needle.
  • Find the spot where you want to start sewing your fabrics together.
  • Push your threaded needle into the fabrics from behind and pull the needle toward you.
  • Make sure the entire thread comes through to the front and the knot pulls into the fabric behind.
  • Hold one hand over the front of the fabric and the other over the back.
  • Make stitches that are tiny, with about 6 per inch.
  • Practice keeping the thread tension even.

Once you can stitch a small square evenly, then you can experiment with cutting geometric fabric pieces to create any number of traditional quilting designs.

You can also sew random pieces of fabric together to make beautiful contemporary patterns.




Learning How To Hand Quilt

The choices are endless. The beauty of quilting this way is that you don’t need an expensive machine and your project is portable. It is a very inexpensive way to get started with this traditional hobby.

When deciding to begin quilting, there are many choices to make. Are you going to utilize a pattern and piece together your quilt or are you just going to make it a whole cloth quilt? Do you want to hand stitch or would you prefer to machine stitch?

If you have decided to stitch your quilting project by hand, there are several techniques you can explore to find what best fits your personality and what you’re most comfortable with.

For instance, depending how adept you are at sewing, you may want to consider your first project being a simple Running Stitch, which is a simple straight line and can help you become more comfortable with a thread and needle. When you feel more comfortable, you may later decide to try your hand at a more elaborate stitch, such as Embroidery.

The options are limitless when you quilt.

Beginner Hand Quilting Pros and Cons

With your decision to begin Hand Stitch Quilting, you must take into consideration there are several pros and cons to this method. For example, some positive aspects are, hand stitching allows you to take your project almost anywhere, it’s a far more traditional method of quilting and it can be done by more than one person at time, so it’s a great group activity to start with your prayer group or as a family project as a gift for Grandma.

But, there are some setbacks to it as well, it is far more time consuming than machine stitching, much harder on your hands and fingers and it requires a much higher comfort level with a thread and needle.

But, regardless of the choice you make, Quilting is a creative, relaxing way, to pass the time and gives you something to cherish for years to come.


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