Even if you have a high-end sewing machine, many sewing projects still require a bit of hand sewing to achieve the result you desire. So we have rounded up five stitches and techniques that can be used on a Chirimen project or other myriad projects of sewing, complete with video tutorials.
Half-backstitch: a sewing technique similar to the backstitch but with spaces left between stitches on the front side. This sewing technique is slightly looser than a backstitch but stronger than a running stitch.
Whip Stitch: a technique usually used to sew together two separate pieces of fabric like alterations on your skirt or pants. It is useful to hide the seam.
Fuji Musubi: Japanese knot “Fuji-Musubi”: it is also called "lock knot" because of their intricate formation that make the knots almost impossible to be untied and re-tied without knowing their structure. It is said that high ranked samurai used the knot for his tea leaf box by fear of poisoning. Nowadays the knot is a symbol of safe keeping thus being used for charms offering protection against evil and danger. How you use them is up to you - the knot makes great brooches, hair accessories, or earrings, and you can apply them to your sewing projects as well.
Thread loop: a thread loop is a strand of thread that is stitched together to create a single loop. Normally you see this loop when you need a button loop or belt loop for very fine fabrics, such as Chirimen, silk, or sheers . It looks sophisticated but is very functional too, and you can create it with a simple, repeating process!
For more details on these sewing techniques, check out our blogs.
Hand Sewing Techniques Part 1: Knot, Running Stitch, Backstitch
Hand Sewing Techniques Part 2: Whip Stitch & Half-backstitch
Hand Sewing Techniques Part 3: Lock Knot
Hand Sewing Techniques Part 4: Thread Loop