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Historical three basic stitches for hand sewing clothing, video
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    three basic stitches for hand sewing clothing, video

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5tC06IXOKc

    Bernadette is always informative.
    Run time is 6:19.
    Video covers three basic stitches for historical sewing. The stitching actually can go fairly fast, and it is strong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Faroe View Post
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5tC06IXOKc

    Bernadette is always informative.
    Run time is 6:19.
    Video covers three basic stitches for historical sewing. The stitching actually can go fairly fast, and it is strong.

    Thank you!
    People are quick to confuse and despise confidence as arrogance but that is common amongst those who have never accomplished anything in their lives and who have always played it safe not willing to risk failure.

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    Faroe, I see she's using a stitching pillow, I love this idea, do you use one? If so did you make your or purchase one already made. If purchased where did you purchase your pillow?
    People are quick to confuse and despise confidence as arrogance but that is common amongst those who have never accomplished anything in their lives and who have always played it safe not willing to risk failure.

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    I've always heard of it referred to as a tailor's ham. She could be using something different, but my mother had a *Pillow* which looked just like the one in the video. She always used it for pressing over darts and curved seams, It had some give, but wasn't squishy, and it would have worked for hand sewing. I frequently sew over a pillow set in my lap for height, but have never thought to anchor the end of the fabric to it.

    Will have to try that.

    Since the Gansey is done, I was project-less. (not good!) Bernadette inspired me to drag out the unfinished quilt, and get going again. Remains to be seen, how long I last with that.

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    I have a sewing bird that is sooooo helpful for sewing long seams by hand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jacki View Post
    I have a sewing bird that is sooooo helpful for sewing long seams by hand.

    Jacki
    What is a sewing bird?
    People are quick to confuse and despise confidence as arrogance but that is common amongst those who have never accomplished anything in their lives and who have always played it safe not willing to risk failure.

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    They have a clamp that attaches to a table, and a clamp that attaches to the cloth being sewn, and a cord that can swivel between the clamps. It works the same way as the ham in those videos. During Victorian times they got very elaborate.
    Mine is modern, but still works the same way.

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    LIke this!
    https://www.nancysnotions.com/third-...ith-clamp.html

    BTW, although Nancy has recently passed on, her site is still one of the best sources for useful, well made sewing notions (and patterns, and instruction books) you'll find.

    Summerthyme

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    Quote Originally Posted by summerthyme View Post
    LIke this!
    https://www.nancysnotions.com/third-...ith-clamp.html

    BTW, although Nancy has recently passed on, her site is still one of the best sources for useful, well made sewing notions (and patterns, and instruction books) you'll find.

    Summerthyme
    Goodness, didn't realize Nancy had passed. I loved her vids, she was always great to watch! Agree with you on her site; it's a winner
    All that is gold does not glitter....

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    I just watched the video. Thanks for posting it. I must be pretty historical myself, as I have used these stitches most of my life when hand-sewing most things. No one showed me, I just figured it out. Slip-stitching and back stitching stretch enough so that my seams in fleece have never snapped and felling seams just about guarantees that there will never be any raveling even with rough use or laundering.

    I've often anchored my work with the foot and needle of the sewing machine for ripping seams, but never thought of anchoring for stitching. If I can devise a way to anchor the fabric off to the side instead of in front of me it would greatly help keep my fingers from knotting up when holding fabric to keep it taut, so, again, THANKS!

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    I got to thinking and thought I'd mention that when I said I must be historic, I didn't mean I was patting myself on the back. I meant that it sounded a few steps beyond elderly. Hope I didn't turn anyone off by the comment.

    I have figured out that if I sit at right angles to my desk, I might be able to anchor my sewing to the front edge of it with a small spring clamp. Or maybe even just shut the end of the fabric into the kneehole drawer of the little desk. When I thought about it more, I remembered that I have anchored fabric before using heavy books. And once even with a small cutting board weighted down with a bag of potatoes!

    I think sometimes I must be a very weird person.

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    Ha, Martinhouse, no weirder than the rest of us Most of our culture not only can't sew by hand, but would never imagine wanting to learn. The old skills are valuable, and any way that works to get the goal accomplished (brilliant, shutting the fabric end into the drawer) sounds good to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlaskaSue View Post
    Goodness, didn't realize Nancy had passed. I loved her vids, she was always great to watch! Agree with you on her site; it's a winner
    It was about this time last year. I got to meet her in 2004 at the International Quilt Festival, she was one classy lady!
    People are quick to confuse and despise confidence as arrogance but that is common amongst those who have never accomplished anything in their lives and who have always played it safe not willing to risk failure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martinhouse View Post
    I got to thinking and thought I'd mention that when I said I must be historic, I didn't mean I was patting myself on the back. I meant that it sounded a few steps beyond elderly. Hope I didn't turn anyone off by the comment.

    I have figured out that if I sit at right angles to my desk, I might be able to anchor my sewing to the front edge of it with a small spring clamp. Or maybe even just shut the end of the fabric into the kneehole drawer of the little desk. When I thought about it more, I remembered that I have anchored fabric before using heavy books. And once even with a small cutting board weighted down with a bag of potatoes!

    I think sometimes I must be a very weird person.

    Not weird at all, I think most of us have tried these techniques in the past, I myself have also used tape to anchor a piece of fabric down for hand stitching. I'm going to make myself a tailors ham.
    People are quick to confuse and despise confidence as arrogance but that is common amongst those who have never accomplished anything in their lives and who have always played it safe not willing to risk failure.

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