How to Sew by Hand

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Sewing expert Dawn Anderson demonstrates how to sew by hand.

    Dawn Anderson

    Dawn 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.

    Hello, my name is Dawn Anderson and my company is Dawn Anderson Designs. I have a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from Indiana University, specializing in Theater Costume Design, Traditional Hand Tailoring and Pattern Making. I have worked as a freelance designer, tailor, milliner, and sewing instructor for 14 years. My company is located in Northern Virginia and also online.

    Today I would like to show you how to sew by hand. Hand sewing is a great skill to learn for all sewing levels, from beautiful couture quality handmade garments, to everyday mending. I would like to show you six basic hand sewing stitches, from the running stitch to the catch stitch, as well as how to sew on buttons, snaps, and hook eyes. You will only need a few very basic simple tools to get started; some all-purpose sewing thread, scissors, a hand sewing needle, pincushion, thimble, and straight pins, as well as some scrap fabric.

    Please keep in mind sewing room safety. Always use a pincushion for your needles and straight pins, and never sew with a rusty needle, it will stain your fabric and could be dangerous if you stab yourself. Remember, scissors are sharp and always supervise young children while sewing. Let's get started with some hand sewing stitches.