One of the most common dilemma with beginners is to decide, when to hand stitch and when to machine stitch! There are some basic things you can keep in mind while deciding between the duo.
STITCHING IS A VERY SIMPLE ART, MATHS AND SCIENCE COMBINED. IT STARTS WITH A BASIC VERTICAL OR HORIZONTAL LOOKING LINE ———————GOING IN ONE DIRECTION AND ITS VARIETIES CROSS YOUR IMAGINATION.
EVERYTHING STARTS WITH A ‘WHY?’ IN ORDER TO KNOW – WHY WE CHOOSE A STITCH OVER ANOTHER; WE NEED TO PROBE FURTHER.
WHAT IS ________A STITCH?
Stitching is – joining two pieces together. A stitch, which is primarily used to join two pieces together is called a basic Stitch.
A Stitch is a thread or a loop to join pieces together.
PURPOSE :- WHICH STITCH TO USE FOR WHAT PURPOSE?
How to decide which Stitch is perfect for your work?
A stitch is used for two purposes :- Temporary and Permanent
A stitch which is used to baste two pieces together till the time Permanently strong stitch is done, is called a temporary stitch.
For example ______________________a Running Stitch,which can be taken off.
Running Stitch ———- It runs in one direction,no expertise required except keeping your nose straight. Stitch length can be long or short. Can be used for decorative purpose also.
Diagonal Stitch ///////// It is done on the joints of a dress till trial. After that this stitch is taken off.
Thread Mark Stitch _________ On thick fabrics, where it’s difficult to get tracing marks clear, this is an effective way.
It goes like a running stitch but alternate stitch is tightly done.
After that, loosely done threads are cut with a scissors. By this method, thread marks are visible on the fabric.
A temporary stitch is taken off after final stitch. It need not be as finely done or nicely placed as a permanent stitch.
As its name suggests, this stitch is permanent and is not taken off. In fact, if it puckers by accident, we run to our needle and put the stitch back neatly and nicely.
A permanent stitch—————–may also look like a basting or running stitch but it’s finer and shorter than that.
Some examples are Hemming, Round Hem,Back Stitch, Fine Stitch,Quilting Stitch, Padding Stitch etc.
METHODS TO DO A STITCH
We know which stitch to use where. Now, we need to know what is the best way to do it. How to do a stitch?
There are two methods to do a stitch – By Hand or By Machine
STITCHES BY HAND
Stitches are done by hands since centuries.
Stitches by hands take a lot of time and precision. Since ages, our tiny but mighty needle is at work in every household. This type of stitch is more flexible.
There are so many types of stitches which are done by hands for decoration and increasing the beauty and value of a dress.
- Work is more beautifully and intricately done.
- There is an individual expertise in each work.
- Skill and experience matters.
- Hand embroidered and hand made work is more expensive.
- Two pieces may not be identical and
- Can not be mass produced in short notice.
STITCHES BY MACHINE
Various types of stitches can be done by machines ever since our friendly sewing machine came into existence.
Sewing machines are also available with pre-loaded set of designs and patterns. Many computerized machines can give you result par excellence.
- Machines take lesser time to complete a stitch.
- Work is identical and can be mass produced.
- Work is economically available.
- Lesser dependence on skillful manpower is required.
WHICH IS BETTER ?- HAND STITCH OR MACHINE STITCH?
A stitch by hands is always more flexible,sturdy, intricate, beautiful and appealing. Even though, it costs more it’s better to go for hand stitch if the purpose is to decorate or to beautify. For embroidery and designing, hand stitch is preferred due to flexibility of design adaptations.
A machine stitch should be used for joining parts, routine wear, fast work and saving time.
The choice is yours. Find your purpose and start with needle in your hands or in the machine. Don’t forget to share if this article proved to be useful to you.
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