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How To Hand Sew a Hidden Stitch

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This hand sewing stitch is perfect to fix up garments, pillows or furniture, without a trace. This stitch is known as a hidden stitch, an invisible stitch, a slip stitch, a ladder stitch, or a blind hemstitch.

What you'll need:

Hand sewing needle


Material with a hole


Thread your hand sewing needle and tie a knot at the end of the threads. Just before where the start of the hole is, take your hand sewing needle up through the inside, and into the crease of the fold.

Take your hand sewing needle across the hole to the other side and put the needle into the crease of the fold, and about a half centimetre down, take the needle out of the crease of the fold.

Go across the hole again the other side and put the needle into the crease of the fold, and about a half centimetre down, take the needle out of the crease of the fold. Don't pull your thread tight after each stitch, just pull it enough to keep it looking like a ladder.

Continue to do this all the way until the end of the hole, and at the end, gently pull your thread, like magic it should all become hidden!

Bring the needle into the crease and out the side, go back into the pillow right beside where you just stitched and bring the needle out in another spot. Do this a couple times until you know that your stitches are secure. Cut your thread and you're good to go!

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