Whipstitch & Slipstitch



The whipstitch is a fast stitch for finishing techniques and has slanted stitches on the wrong side with small stitches showing through to the reverse side.

Use the whipstitch for hems, closing collars, cuffs, waistbands and linings. Or use it to attach motifs to a base fabric for a decorative effect. The whipstitch is visible on one side and can be used instead of the slipstitch for faster sewing.

To begin stitching, hide the knot in the fold and pull the thread through to the right side.

Stitch diagonally across the folded edge and pick up a few threads of fabric. Swivel the needle under the folded edge and pull the needle up through the fold.

Work evenly spaced stitches diagonally across the folded edge, keeping the stitches small on the underside.




The slipstitch is a nearly invisible hand stitch that closes two finished edges; it can also be used to secure a finished edge to another layer.

Use the slipstitch to close linings, collars, cuffs, lapels, waistbands, plackets, openings from turned items, unlined hems, and hand-rolled hems on fine silks and sheer fabrics. In millinery techniques, the slipstitch is used to finish fabric-covered hats.

Begin with the knot hidden in the fold. Pull the thread through the fold. Take up one small thread of the fabric on the needle, directly across from the thread coming out of the fold. Swivel the needle back into the folded edge and tunnel through, traveling one stitch length. The stitches should be directly across from one another so they'll disappear when the thread is pulled tight.



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