Sewing Block by Hand:
Learn how to secure the “quilt sandwich” by using simple hand sewing techniques. This IS NOT a video about the perfect hand quilting stitch. Instead, you will learn an easy, utilitarian (and more forgiving) method for joining the layers together.
Video Transcript: Page 1
ELEMENTARY (Quilt-As-You-Go) QUILT – Sewing Block by Hand (10 of 16 videos) page 1
Just a reminder – if you’re working with young children or maybe you don’t like the possibility that you might be stuck with one of these pins – then instead of pinning with straight pins, you can replace these with safety pins.
We’re going to be sewing little stitches across this “X”. The stitches need to be between a 1/16 and an 1/8 of an inch big. An inch, ½ inch or you might be able to get by with a ¼” long but if you make our stitches any longer than that, they’re very easy to catch on to things and then the stitches get ripped out. So shoot for about 1/16 or an 1/8 of an inch.
The thread that you’re going to use can be contrasting thread like this one or it can match. That’s a personal preference. I like to use a single strand thread, which means I have threaded my needle and one of the strands is loose and the other strand is going to get a knot in it like this.
Now, if you are working with someone who is a beginner sewer, this is very easy to pull out your thread while you are sewing. So if you are a new sewer or if you work (as I said) with small kids – I would recommend using two stranded thread which means here’s both of the ends and I am going to take those and knot those together. So then if I pull with my thread or with my needle then I don’t have to worry about the needle becoming unthreaded.
So I start off with hiding my knot. And to hide my knot, I am going to lift this up and I am going to use my thumb as like a guide; come up from underneath – just this one piece of fabric. And I’m going to start stitching about a thumb over from the edge. So the back of it looks like this. I have not stitched through the back nor have I stitched through this batting. I don’t have to do this if I am machine sewing. I just need to do this when I am sewing by hand because later on we’re going to cut through some stitches and you don’t want to lose your whole …..
Video Transcript: Page 2
So my thread’s up on top now. I take my needle and go over about an 1/8 to a 1/16 of an inch and I’m going to go down through all layers of the fabric. So I am on this side, the back side, and keep my needle underneath here and then I am going to poke up till I find that line. About an 1/8 to a 1/16 over and I am going to go back down and I ‘m going to continue doing this – going down, my thread’s underneath, going to come back up and just work my way down. Down, now I am underneath the piece and I need to stay underneath and try to see where my needle is poking; try to get it on the line – equal distance from the other stitch.
Now another way of stitching, that’s a little bit faster, is loading your needle with stitches. So to load your needle, you go down and underneath here is my finger… . this finger. And I am kinda pricking my finger. You can use a thimble if you want to but it is easier to feel that you’ve made it all the way through. So let me do that again. I am going down and I am pricking on my finger and I am pushing up now because I can feel that that needle is now through all three thicknesses. I’m going to….
Whoops, let’s get this. I am going to go down again, pricking my finger and then I am going to slide the needle back. Then I am going to come about a 1/16 or an 1/8 away, and then I am going to go down, prick my finger and then I am going to load these stitches. You see I have got one stitch here, one there and one going on the back. Push through and I just did a couple of stitches at once. So let me do that again. I am going to push down till I feel it on my finger on the bottom; going to come up, going to push down, going to come up again and I am going to continue working my way all the way across.
I can either work it like that – loading my stitches like I just did or I can go down …
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…and up. Usually new sewers prefer to do this method other than loading their stitches. But if you are new, you might want to try both and see which one works best.
So I continue my way; I continue working my way across this line. Now sometimes, what happens, I start talking or looking at TV and instead of going down here, I reach around back and I go like this and I say, “Well, wait a minute. What’s going on here?” Well if you have a problem like that all you have to do is pull your needle out, pull this thread out, rethread your needle and continue working across.
Let’s say it wasn’t that easy. That you’ve got a big knot and it’s almost impossible to get it out. Well, it’s really no big problem because you can just take …. easily take your stitches out. You can either pull them out like I was just doing or you can come in and cut those stitches. Pull it out, pull these out and start all over again. So this is a very forgiving project if you make a mistake. Just rethread your needle and go back across.
Now I want to show you how to finish off. So you’ve stitched all the way across. You’re at the end of the line now. And you want to stop about a thumb away from the edge and so I’m going to go down. But just like at the beginning, I’m only going to go into that first – let me pull it back a little so to make it easier. I’m only going to go into this first piece of fabric. So I am in here, and you can either go into the batting or you can tie it off in that fabric. But I am going to make a loop. See my little loop? And then I am going to go into my loop and that makes a knot. And I am going to do that again. I am going in and I am going to make a loop. Let me see that loop. Do you see that loop? Well, it’s a twisted loop but there’s my little loop. And then I am going to go into that loop and there’s my knot at the very edge of my fabric.