How to Slip Stitch

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    Sometimes the mark of a good craftsmanship is the ability to leave no mark at all. When it comes to sewing, a stitch that is virtually invisible is a useful tool, particularly in finishing and applying embellishments. A slip stitch is used to create an invisible seam between two folded edges or a folded edge and a flat edge. You can use slip stitching to quilt bindings, close up a lining or apply appliques.

    Things You'll Need

    • Sewing project in progress
    • Iron
    • Ironing board
    • Sewing needle
    • Thread

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    Prepare your fabric to be sewn. Whether using two folded edges, such as a garment lining, or one folded edge and one flat edge, such as a quilt binding, you should iron the folds flat. This keeps your edges straight and offers a crisp line to the finished piece.

    Slide your threaded needle into the space between layers of fabric, inside the fold. Bring the point out at the edge of the fold, being careful to keep the stitch short. Stitches should be no more than 1/4 inch.

    Pull the needle through and re-insert it in the opposite fold -- or under the single layer of fabric, if not using two folded pieces -- just behind where the thread came out in your first stitch.

    Run the needle inside the fold for a short stitch, exiting along the folded edge as before.

    Repeat Steps 1 to 3 for the entire length of the seam.

    • Keep stitches short and close to each other, pulling gently as you sew to bring the edges together.
    • The slip stitch is also called the blind stitch.