Hand Sewing: The Catch Stitch


The catch stitch is used primarily for hemming heavy (thick) or knit (stretchy) fabrics, lined garments, or curved hems.

This is because the criss-cross stitches allow for a bit of 'give', and they also help flatten the fabric layers against one another.


It's a quick way of hemming as well, and a very simple technique for beginners to learn.


The following video shows you how to do the basic catch stitch:


The herringbone catch stitch is the more popular choice of catch stitch, particularly in dressmaking, as the extra criss-crossing adds strength to the stitching.


The following video shows you how it's done:

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