Learning to Sew: How to Stitch

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One of the first things you learn if you’re new to sewing is how to create a stitch. Creating stitches is the basis of every sewing project. Stitches form seams that connect layers of fabric together, which ultimately becomes a finished project. If you’re just starting out, or even if you’re an experienced sewer, it can be nice to take a refresher course in the basics. This video tutorial will teach you how to form a stitch and other beginner sewing basics.

When learning to sew, it helps to practice basic skills and work your way up from small projects to bigger ones. Whatever you want to sew, the fundamentals of sewing are the same for every project. So whether you want to sew a dodger or bimini, cockpit cushions, sew your own sails, or even outfit your boat from mast to cabin, this introduction to sewing video will teach you the building blocks you need to conquer any project!

In this video, you will learn the following techniques: how to start and finish a stitch, how to sew in reverse, how to turn corners, and how to sew zigzag stitches. We’ll also discuss thread tension. Keeping a proper thread tension is vital to a professional-looking project. A correct thread tension results in a stitch that looks identical on both sides of the material for perfect stitches every time.

We will also discuss different fabric weights and how to choose the right needle and thread size. Your thread and needle size should correspond to the weight of the fabric for great results and easy sewing. Our video will take the guesswork out of pairing the right needle and thread size with the fabric you’re sewing.

After you’ve learned how to sew a stitch, be sure to explore the rest of the Sailrite website. We’re the #1 authority on all things marine canvaswork, sail construction and DIY sewing projects! From fabric and notions to hardware, tools and our lineup of proprietary sewing machines, we have everything you need to sew for your boat with professional results.