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Old Yesterday, 04:37 PM
 
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Hi,
What are some of the most basic, frequently used and often needed hand-sewing stitching techniques and methods for repairing (mending), adjusting and altering clothes? Obviously, I'm a total beginner to this.
Thank you
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Old Yesterday, 05:19 PM
 
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Some useful stitches would be sewing on a button, repairing a hem and resewing a loose seam. I recommend searching YouTube for the techniques you’d like to learn. That is a great place to learn how to do all sorts of things.

There is a big push to do darning, apparently. You can find instructions on how to darn online, and I imagine, on YouTube. People are using darning to add personality to clothing, when they are also doing repair.
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Old Yesterday, 10:45 PM
 
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Basting stitch, back stitch, running stitch.
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Old Today, 07:07 AM
 
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OP,
When looking at how to videos, if you are left handed, be sure the video is for left handed people.


I am the only left handed person in my family and my mother found it impossible to teach me basic sewing such as how to hem a skirt. She had a dear friend who was left handed teach me.


Left handed people hold the material in a different position and most stiches are the reverse of how a right handed person would so the stich.
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Old Today, 08:49 AM
 
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OP,
When looking at how to videos, if you are left handed, be sure the video is for left handed people.


I am the only left handed person in my family and my mother found it impossible to teach me basic sewing such as how to hem a skirt. She had a dear friend who was left handed teach me.


Left handed people hold the material in a different position and most stiches are the reverse of how a right handed person would so the stich.
Good point!
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