Hand Sewing: The 'Invisible'

Slip Stitch


The slip stitch (also known as the invisible or ladder stitch) is a subtle way to hand sew hems and seams.


It's useful when sewing seams in particular, because you can sew from the outside of your sewing project and yet the stitches will hardly be visible in the finished item.

The slip stitch is therefore often used for closing up open seams on cushions and stuffed toys as a very neat way to finish them off.


In terms of hemming, it's a great way to sew double-fold hems on skirts and dresses, because the stitches are pretty much invisible from the front as well as the back.


The slip stitch can also be used to invisibly attach bindings, linings and appliqués.


In the videos below I demonstrate how to sew the slip stitch on a seam and on a hem, including how to secure the thread at the beginning and end.

The third video was my original version of the tutorial, which is a bit longer and slower if you would prefer that.



And now how to slip stitch a hem...


And finally, if you want a slower and more detailed all-round lesson, then this is my original tutorial on this stitch:

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