May 19, 2008

Confession

I thought I knew how to hand sew a blind stitch. I really did. I’d studied the diagrams in various books and patterns. I’d even made several projects where blind stitches were required to close a small seam. The stitches had never been as blind as I thought they should be but I just thought it would come with practice.

Well, I’d been getting a lot of practice attaching the binding to the back of the quilt and the stitches weren’t getting any better. I had half a side done and I didn’t like what I saw. It was late and I was tired so I gave up and went to bed. The light of morning did nothing to improve my assessment of the previous night’s work. Something was not right.

Obviously looking at 2D sketches was not working for me. What I needed was someone to show me how to do it. My source for immediate information is typically Google and once again it came through for me. It directed me to YouTube where a lovely little 90 second video showed me what I was missing.

This has opened my eyes to another craft resource. I had no idea how useful YouTube could be. I had, wrongly, thought its only value was entertainment. I’ve never been happier to be wrong especially since I now have a perfect little blind stitch that is actually blind. If only I could find a video that convinced me I enjoyed hand sewing.

1 comment:

varenia said...

i can completely relate to the blind stitch dilemma! it took me about four months when i first started sewing of thinking i had it down, but never to my satisfaction, until i realized i was doing it all wrong. i must not have found that tutorial on you tube (i even looked!)... and one day, i woke up and it just hit me. weird, i know, but i finally got it! amazing how useful a little thing like a blind stitch is! i'm glad i wasn't the only one!