Are you wanting to know how to backstitch? Backstitch is a popular hand stitch used for seams to give them strength and durability. It is still used by many couture clothing designers to sew their creations and has a wide variety of uses and applications. If you have some mending to do or just need to hand stitch a sewing project then learning how to backstitch is perfect for you even if you are a beginner!
HOW TO BACKSTITCH
As with all hand sewing, make sure you are sitting in a well-lit area. You will be amazed at the difference it makes, especially if you are sewing something where the stitches will show on the outside and need to be small and neat.
If you are sewing a backstitch as a decorative feature on your sewing project then use embroidery floss which comes in a rainbow of colors. Otherwise if you are mending or handstitching when you can’t use a sewing machine, regular thread will do.
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Step 1: First start by knotting your thread. Then put the needle down through the fabric and bring it up. Pull the thread through up to the knot at the end.
Step 2: Take a small back stitch in the fabric inserting the needle in the same place you started. Bring the needle up in front of the first stitch at an equal distance. Try and keep the stitches straight and in line. If you need really neat stitching you could even measure and mark equal distances with a ruler. The smaller your stitches the stronger the seam will be.
Step 3: Pull the needle through to reveal your very first back stitch!
Step 4: Repeat all the way along your seam until you reach the end.
All done! What are you planning on using your back stitch for? Please share with us below.
READ MORE IN MY HAND STITCHING SERIES
- PART 1 – 6 Basic Hand Stitches
- PART 2 – How to Sew a Seam by Hand – Running Stitch and Backstitch
- PART 3 – How to Sew Whip Stitch
- PART 4 – How to Backstitch
- PART 5 – How to Sew Blanket Stitch
- PART 6 – How to Sew a Ladder Stitch for an Invisible Closure