Again, to get started you will need a needle, thread and a small pair of scissors to cut the thread. First, on the backside of the fabric anchor the thread so the needle will come out of the fabric on the edge.
Loop the thread behind the fabric. Pull the needle through the fabric allowing the edge thread to loop on the edge of the fabric. Repeat to continue sewing the edge you want covered is completely ticked down. I like to use very short stitch so they are not noticeable. This is kind of how you to a blanket stitch; but, you try to make them undetected. It is very important to make them very uniformed and straight and please be careful to not pull hand stitches to tight and create puckers in your fabric.
I talked briefly before about having trouble doing a knot when my arthritis acts up. I have to manual tie knots; so, here a demonstration through some pictures about how I have to do it. Sorry, about my bare foot in the picture, I was sitting in the living room doing these sewing projects. Kevin needed the kitchen table for writing.
Step 1: make circle with end of the thread.
Step 2: take the needle and glide the end through the loop.
Step 3: pull the tread end taunt.
Repeat step 1-3 until you have another knot done.
Then cut off the excessive end of the thread below the knot.
I recommend that you get one of these universal folding templates to help with length of the hem you are sewing. They are marked with a range of widths and come either curved or straight.
Unfortunately, this is not free site you will have to subscribe and then they charge you per series http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/23030/teach-yourself-to-sew-season-1. If you are interested in learn more about any kind of sewing this is an impressive site to look at http://sewingtutorials.blogspot.com/2008/05/general-sewing-tutorials.html.
Beside, All Free Sewing had a tutorial on how to hand sew at http://www.AllFreeSewing.com and this tutorial http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJUL3tu-Fec&feature=related.
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