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« on: August 12, 2011 04:31:35 AM »

I'd like to know what stich to use for hand sewing linen (for clothing) hems and seams? And darts? And how to keep the seams from fraying? Thanks for any help.
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« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2011 06:05:13 AM »

Backstitch is the go-to stitch for most woven fabrics.  There are a couple of different ways you can finish the seams so they don't fray.  Here's a terrific resource for hand-finishing a seam so it won't fray: http://www.sempstress.org/skill/finishing-a-seam-allowance-by-hand/ 
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« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2011 09:51:35 PM »

Ok, thanks^^ Also, what thread should I use? And how many strands and so on?
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« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2011 06:05:32 AM »

Whenever I had sew, I use the same thread I put in my machine.  Coats & Clark general grade for most things, Gutterman for anything that needs extra strength.  I fold mine double, and start it the same way I would for embroidery, so there's no knot, but a single length would be fine, too, with a knot.
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« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2011 08:22:44 AM »

Thanks^^
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