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The difference between blanket stitch and tailor’s stitch

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.

So!  Tutorial!

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.

For anyone (like me) who is embarrassed how wonky their blanket stitch ends up - claim it’s based on this :)

For anyone (like me) who is embarrassed how wonky their blanket stitch ends up - claim it’s based on this :)

The UfYH Guide to Spring Cleaning for Actual People

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The UfYH Guide to Spring Cleaning for Actual People

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Daylight Saving Time is upon us, and we’re (theoretically) headed into spring. Personally, I find it hard to welcome spring when there’s still a half a foot of snow on the ground and we had flurries again this morning, but the calendar says it’s almost spring, so we’ll go with that. With the advent of spring comes the truly obnoxious concept of “spring cleaning.” While I understand that some…

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psilentasincjelli:

I fucking love the way this movie portrayed anxiety and anxiety attacks (though not necessarily the way other characters reacted to them ((namely the child)) but that’s another story)

tell me anxiety isn’t a big deal when Tony fucking Stark thought he’d been poisoned the first time he had an attack

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firstworldbjdproblems:

"Maybe I should finish one of these projects that’s 95% done before I start a new one."
Said no knitter or crocheter ever.

#why is this so difficult?  #sometimes my own nature baffles me 
#ok i lied
#often

firstworldbjdproblems:

"Maybe I should finish one of these projects that’s 95% done before I start a new one."

Said no knitter or crocheter ever.

#why is this so difficult?  #sometimes my own nature baffles me 

#ok i lied

#often

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mcalhen-creations:

mcalhen-creations:

Toothless? FINISHED! \o/

He took a lot of time, and I had a needle shatter on me while sewing his wings. (My mom vacuumed the floor since we couldn’t find all the pieces… while I pulled my legs up on the chair, found a new needle, and kept sewing.)

He’s big. DVD for size comparison. His wings are reinforced with wires doubled up to make them adjustable. He can prop just fine on someone’s shoulder.

I do not:
1. Have a pattern.
2. Plan to make another exactly like this one. Maybe smaller ones.

This is a commission from lyraeon and any other Toothless I make will be chibified or much smaller.

Thank you, Lyra, for your commission. I’m very proud of the outcome, and I hope your friend enjoys receiving him.

Reblogging because I’m still proud and I need to show off what I can do. (:

this is gorgeous and so pride-worthy