I’m writing this because it’s taken me months of being confused, and of having to look up blanket stitch every. time. I. start. a new line, and of being thoroughly lost whenever I tried tailor’s stitch. And then the cycle repeated itself. So, now I’ve finally figured it out, and because I’m not the only person who finds pictures/diagrams a little confusing, I’ve written this out. If nothing else, the next time I’ve forgotten, I’ll have this to look up.
The most important difference – and this is the root of all my confusion – is that blanket stitch (the plain edging without knots) is made with the needle pointing towards the hem. You go down into the fabric and up in the solid line.
Tailor’s stitch (the edging with a knot) is made with the needle pointing towards the fabric. You go down into the solid line, and up into the fabric, pointing away from the ‘legs’ of the stitch.
Once I got that, everything else fell into place.
I’m stitching right to left, adapt as you need.
Also, apologies for the quality of the cellphone pictures. I don’t own an actual camera.
After anchoring your thread, bring the needle up in line with where you want the solid, knotted line to be. Insert the needle at the next point on the line. Bring your needle up at 90 ° making the ‘leg’ of the stitch as long as you need.
Take the working thread just below your needle, and slip it under the needle’s point, right to left (or left to right if you’re sewing in that direction).
Pull your needle through the fabric, and allow the knot to close. You’ll see the knot forming as follows:
Pull on the working thread in the direction of the ‘leg’ of the stitch. You might need to wiggle the thread a bit to get the knot in place, but finish the tension in the direction of the leg (you can see that I’ve only just got this, because my tension in the Aida fabric is slightly off).
And repeat as needed! So simple I’m kicking myself :)
To finish off, insert your needle in the same hole (for Aida/evenweave fabric) or just underneath the knot, and weave in the back.
I hope this helps you as much as it will, guaranteed, help me the next time I forget.
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