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How To Stitch a “Whip Stitch”

How To Stitch a “Whip Stitch”

Welcome to Tuesday’s Tips from SewVeryEasy,
my name is Laura. And today, let’s do a whip stitch. Whip stitch is great for English paper piecing, invisible appliqué and edging, closing a seam—it’s very strong, it’s smooth, and it’s almost invisible from the right side. Match up your fabric so the good sides are touching and the wrong sides are on the outside. It’s easy if you pin them together so you don’t have to fight with keeping them nice and straight. I’m going to be stitching in a straight motion, but the seams are going to appear that they’re on an angle. I like to stitch from the direction away from me coming in to me. The first thing I’m going to do is bury my knot in-between the seam allowances. If you can get that needle in-between the seam allowances, that knot is going to be buried. The tail of that knot is going to stay inside so we don’t have to worry about it coming to the surface/ From there I’m going to start away from me, going towards me. It’s going to be in a very straight motion. Stab both layers of fabric, only picking up about two threads on each of those pieces of fabric at a time, and then just pull it towards you. From there you’re going to take it and you’re going to go back in the same direction, so you’re making a loop. And pull it. You don’t want to go too tight so you don’t dimple the fabric. The next stitch I’m going to do the same motion: Away from me, coming towards me. A couple of threads on each edge and pull. You’re just going to continue that looping method, going in a straight row, picking up a couple of threads each time. Even though you’re stitching straight, those threads are on an angle. Continue that through the whole seam. If you’re holding the fabric so that it’s straight towards your body, you can go from one side to the other. Because I’m right-handed, I’m going to go from the right to the left. If you’re left-handed you’ll go from the left to the right. It’s the same motion when having it flat as on an angle: Stab a couple of threads on each edge and pull the thread. If you stab more than two threads at a time, you’re going to see more of the seam allowance on the other side. I’ll do half with a small stitch and the rest with a larger stitch, and you’ll see the difference when it’s opened up flat. Here are the tiny little stitches where we’ve just picked up two threads at a time, and this is the larger stitch where we’ve picked up four or five threads at a time. If you’re doing a pillow closing and you’re not going to be able to return this to the right side, this stitch will work really great as long as you’re using a thread that matches. It’s going to blend right in. When we open up the fabric, the seams are going to lay flat, so the seam allowances are not laying over top of each other. They’re just joined together in the center. The large stitch and the small stitch: From the right side you have the tiny little stitches just barely peeking out, and the larger ones you will see more of the stitches. But the fabrics are just touching each other; they’re not overlapping, and when you use matching thread, the small stitches will disappear right inside the fabric. That’s all there is to a whip stitch. It’s one of the most popular hand stitches because it’s quick, easy, and it’s a very strong invisible seam. Thank you for joining me today on Tuesday’s Tips. Feel free to subscribe and, as always, come on back. Let’s see what we’re sewing next time
in the sewing room. Bye for now!

25 thoughts on “How To Stitch a “Whip Stitch”

  1. Another great video. Plz can you show me how do you slip on a zipper pull on the zipper teeth? Even after its slipped on, the zipper teeth dont close. I wnt to us different zipper ulls on a long zipper tape. Thanks

  2. I think I will try my hand at a few hexagon, paper pieces for practice. Your tutorial was great. With an 8 hour drive each way to visit my husband's family, this would be a good opportunity to hone a newbie skill. Think spring!πŸ€—

  3. Please, if you would choose to answer…Are you a certified teacher? Your organized, concrete/sequential style leads me toward that way of thinking. Thank You.

  4. Thank you for this helpful tutorial. I hate hand sewing and avoid it like the plague, probably because I’m not very good at it and I’m not even sure if I’m doing it right! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜†

  5. Laura, you're a delight as a teacher and you teach things I really want to know and that will help me enjoy sewing–and organizing my notions/fabrics/etc., more. Thank you very much!πŸ’œπŸ’™πŸ’Ÿ Sue

  6. Thank you Laura! Btw – I love your pearl "believe ring" – it looks fabulous on you! www.parklanejewellery.ca/rep/lorietokola

  7. Thank you Laura! Btw – I love your pearl "believe ring" – it looks fabulous on you! www.parklanejewellery.ca/rep/lorietokola

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