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How to sew straight by hand

Everyone should have some basic sewing skills and straight stitching may be best to learn. You do not need a sewing machine if you sew by hand. Instead, practice with a scrap cloth, a sewing needle and thread. Play with sewing straight stitches of different lengths before trying to sew a straight line. Your new skills will be useful the next time you need to sew on a button, join a few pieces of fabric or create a decorative edge.


[[[[Edit]Make straight seams

  1. Choose a sewing needle and thread that matches the color of the fabric. If you do not find a matching thread, use a slightly darker color so that it does not protrude. You should be fine with a regular sharp sleep needle for most projects. Sharp needles are medium-sized and have a round eye that makes it easy to thread.[1]
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    • Although sharp sewing needles work in most projects, you can use embroidery, pearl or wallpaper needles depending on your project.
  2. Thread the needle and tie a knot in the thread. Cut a length of thread and slide one end through the eye of the sewing needle. Then make a base knot at the opposite end of the thread. You can tie it a few times if you want your thread to be more secure.[2]
    • If you are struggling to thread sew sleep, buy a needle thread. Slide the pointed end of the thread into the thread in the eye of the needle and insert the thread through the gap. Then pull the thread away from the needle so that the thread works in the eye.
  3. Use a ruler and chalk to draw a guideline for a perfectly straight line. To help you sew straight stitches, place a ruler on the fabric where you want to create your seam. Then run chalk along the edge to create a weak guideline that you can sew along.[3]
    • You can also use a tailoring pen or a sewing pen. Both of these have sharpened points that make marking easy and the markings are easy to get out of the fabric when you are done.
    • Drop the chalk marks of the fabric with your hand or wash the material to remove custom pencil marks.
  4. Pick up the needle from the fabric. Hold your threaded needle on the wrong side of the fabric exactly where you want to make your straight stitch. Slide the tip of the needle up through the fabric. Continue to pull it straight up until the knot sticks to the back of the fabric.[4]
    • Slowly pull the thread through the fabric. If you pull it quickly, the thread may become tangled and make a knot.
    • Do not pull too hard when you feel the knot or else you can pull the knot through the fabric.
  5. Press down on the needle to make a straight stitch approximately long. You can make your straight stitch in any size you want. Try to make seams that are long for practice. Place the tip of the needle on the fabric surface and slide it back to the underside. Pull the needle underneath to pull the entire thread back and make your straight stitch.[5]
    • If you leave a short space between your starting point, you will get a small, strong seam. If you make a long seam, it will be quick to sew but not as robust as a short seam. Long stitches are perfect for joining edges or making a noticeable dashed line.
    • The stitch length is completely adaptable. Create many short stitches if you want a safe stitch for embroidery or edges or make your stitches up to long.
  6. Pick up the needle again to create a new stitch that is the same length. When you have made a straight stitch, push the needle up again through the fabric at the end of the stitch. Push the needle down through the fabric to make the next stitch as long as the first stitch. Repeat the stitch as many times as you want.[6]
    • Straight stitches are excellent for sewing the edges of fabric together or making an outline for embroidery.

[[[[Edit]Adjust your straight stitches

  1. Work the chorus to make a dashed line. Make a straight seam that is as long as you want and leave a space that is as big as the seam. Then pick up the needle and sew a new stitch that is the same size as your first stitch. This creates some straight stitches with a space between them.[7]
    • Remember to sew up and down to make the driving stitch. Do not sew over the edge of the fabric or embroidery hoop, otherwise the thread will get stuck.
  2. Make backstitches to create a strong, straight line of stitches. If you want a bold line of stitches that are all connected, make 1 straight stitch. Then push the needle up through the fabric so that it is the same distance from the first stitch and move the needle back and down through the end of the first stitch. Continue to move the needle back and forth through the stitches.[8]
    • The back seam looks like the straight seam that sewing machines do. It is perfect for describing solid embroidery shapes or sewing words.
  3. Create vertical straight stitches for the satin stitch. If you are filling an embroidered shape, make a short vertical seam. Then make another vertical stitch right next to the first stitch. Continue to sew the stitches so that the edges overlap each other and create an even embroidered surface.[9]
    • Keep your satin stitches smaller than wide, otherwise the stitches may get caught.


  • You do not need to let the thread melt into your fabric. For a fun embellishment that stands out, choose a colored thread that complements the fabric.


  • Be careful not to point your fingers with the sharp needle. If you often stick yourself, put your finger on the index finger when sewing.

[[[[Edit]Things you need

  • Wire
  • Needle
  • Scissor
  • Fabric
  • Chalk or tailor pen, optional
  • Ruler, optional
  • Needle threader, optional


[[[[Edit]Related wikiHows

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  • https://sewguide.com/hand-sewing-embroidery-needles/
  • https://sewguide.com/easy-hand-stitches/
  • https://youtu.be/mJx4a67e3Pk?t=102
  • https://youtu.be/bAmC5JNgK-s?t=264
  • https://onstead.cvad.unt.edu/sites/default/files/1.2.7_sewing_doc_hand-sewing_seams.pdf
  • https://youtu.be/bAmC5JNgK-s?t=301
  • https://youtu.be/bAmC5JNgK-s?t=309
  • https://sewguide.com/easy-hand-stitches/
  • https://youtu.be/go89e8xpVYs?t=233

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