Dawn AndersonDawn began sewing when she was 5 years old and it has since become a lifelong pursuit. Dawn earned a B.A. from Shenandoah University and an M.F.A. from Indiana University, both in Theatre Costume Design. During graduate school she had the opportunity to study in England at Bournemouth University where she focused on corsetry techniques, traditional hand tailoring, and fashion history. During college she worked as a costume designer and patternmaker for theatre and dance, making custom clothing for performers, specialty garments, historic reproductions, corsetry, millinery, and taught basic to advanced sewing classes. After college, she went to work as a free-lance designer and cutter in Edinburgh, Scotland. She returned to the US and began her small ready to wear line and sewing pattern company in Washington DC and Northern Virginia. She currently sells sewing patterns for clothing and hats on her website and at tradeshows. She hand makes men's custom jackets and is expanding her women's ready to wear lines. Dawn currently teaches couture sewing and hat making at sewing conventions, local stores, and in her home in Northern Virginia. She is a member of the American Sewing Guild and leads her own group dedicated to Couture Sewing. Dawn has begun writing for sewing magazines and is working on a book on tailoring. She has also started filming sewing instruction videos and hopes to one day have her own TV show on sewing. Please feel free to visit her website for more information.
Hi, I am Dawn Anderson, and I'm showing you how to sew by hand. First, I'm going to show you how to cut your thread and thread the needle when sewing. I have this all-purpose sewing thread and youre going to cut approximately 18 inches of thread. You dont want to sew with too much thread, because it can easily get tangled and knotted.
Now, to thread your needle, take the end of the thread and squeeze it between your two fingers, have just a little bit of thread showing. Take the eye of your needle, and gently place it on the end of the thread, and then pull that through. Then you're going to tie a knot in the end of your thread. I like to simply make a loop around my finger, put the end through, and then pull it tight. If you need to make a double knot, make a second loop, pull the end through and then tighten it up over the first knot, making a double knot. This is called single threaded. You have one piece of thread going through your needle, and a single piece of thread in your knot.
Now, I would like to show you double threaded. Again, your all-purpose sewing thread, cut approximately 18 inches of thread. Then thread your needle, squeeze the end of the thread between two fingers, have just a little bit of thread showing, take the eye of the needle, and just gently place it on the end of the thread, and then pull that through. Then continue pulling the thread through until the needle is half way down the length of the thread. Go back to both ends and then make your loop, put both ends through, treating it like one thread, grab the end, cinch up your knot, and then for a double knot do the loop again, put the end through, and then cinch up the knot. If you want to you can also trim off the extras for a nice, clean knot, and this is how you thread your needle and cut your thread for double threaded when sewing. Now, lets move on to sewing the running stitch.