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« on: July 05, 2009 10:13:58 PM »

So I've been sitting on the floor in my craft room a lot recently and I thought it'd be cool to sew a bunch of randomly sized pillows with different fabrics I have lying around and then throw them all in a corner and have kind of a "lounge" when I'm brainstorming or on my laptop and whatnot. But then I remembered that I'm really bad at hand sewing the opening closed. Yanno, the hole after you stuff the pillow. (Does that have a technical name?)

But I was wondering if anyone had any tips on hiding the thread better or is it just practice, practice, practice?
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« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2009 11:30:41 PM »

I just saw a tute on a hidden stitch , the other day... but I can't remember where! It's not too hard. First, make the hole away from the corners. Try to leave a decent amount of seam allowances. I like to cheat and sew the things on the machine. I finally decided nobody really cared.
But if you really want to do hand sewing.... Use some beeswax if you have it. Or plain wax if you don't . Run a doubled thread thru the wax. It keeps the thread from knotting. works even better if you press the wax in.  Pin the edges every few inches. Take a needle, and run the stitch UNDER the fold of one side of seam, go about 1/4 ". run needle over to other side of seam, keeping needle under fold. Go from side to side like this, You are weaving the needle under the opening, not on top of it. You will have a beautiful hidden seam. Go back again and run the needle back thru a second time if you need reinforcement. It won't hurt to lock your stitch since the pillows get stressed being sat on. Lock your stitch just by going backwards one stitch, and then forward again. I hope this makes sense!K
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« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2009 07:43:46 AM »

It is really practice.  Don't pull the stitches too tightly or you'll get puckering.  Even on professional pillows, you can tell where the opening was, so I wouldn't worry too much about it!
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« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2009 09:53:17 AM »

Dude Craft has an excellent video for the "ladder stitch" which I think is the best stitch to use for this type of thing. The Embroiderer's Guild as a picture - just ignore what they say about a "curved needle" you don't need one for pillows and stuffies.
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« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2009 01:53:15 PM »

Thank you so much guys!

That video was really helpful. I think it was the same thing you were saying, KLKing. Maybe it's the one you saw! lol
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« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2009 10:49:20 AM »

I slip stitch by hand & I don't use wax.  I don't like the look of top stitching just a few inches closed when I've seen throw pillows at the store.  To me, it looks shoddy, so I think it's worth the effort.
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