How to Use a Hand Sewn Blind Stitch to Fix a Tear


0:01 Hi! I'm Karen for Expert Village. Now I am going to show you how to repair a rip with

0:05 a blind stitch. Okay here is our rip and if you are doing a repair you want to match the

0:13 thread color to the color of the garment. Match as closely as possible but for purposes

0:20 of showing you so that you can exactly what I am doing and what the stitch looks like

0:25 I am going to use black thread. That should make it easier for you to see this. You want

0:32 to knot your thread like I showed you; nice good knot and we are going to come up from

0:38 the back of the garment about half an inch from the start of the rip. You are going to

0:45 come up from the back to the front of the fabric and then you are going to make the

0:51 needle go back in just a very small amount like a centimeter and take with the needle

1:03 only less than a quarter inch, probably eighth of inch of fabric and pull very loosely and

1:13 then you will go on the opposite side of it; where you came out, you go in and take again

1:21 about somewhere between a quarter and eighth of fabric like this and then you go directly

1:32 down from it again and but a little bit wider. You are going to start very small and close

1:40 and a little wider, a little wider and you will see what we are going to get. There you

1:50 go. Now your stitches start off small, bigger bigger and they are straight up and down perpendicular

1:57 to the rip; about an eighth of an inch and go in down here.

2:14 Now we are up to where the rip begins and we are going to be sewing again just about

2:22 somewhere between a quarter and eighth of an inch stitches and now we are going to go

2:28 across the rip and enter here again. Just about eighth of an inch away from the edge

2:38 of the rip. As long as the material isn't fraying and you can put the needle in and

2:44 it won't be coming out there. You pull that through. See how the stitches are coming perpendicular

2:53 to the rip and let me get a few more and I will show you what to do. Okay so then once

3:04 we get a bunch f those, we are going to pull very gently and see how it pulls that rip

3:12 right together. It almost looks ike a seam. So the smaller the stitches, the more delicate

3:20 the repair will be.