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The Whip Stitch and the Fell Stitch

A Great Way to Start Sewing by Hand

by Beth Cooper
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If you’re new to sewing, you have probably already heard someone say “Oh, you can just whip stitch that!” or something similar.  Whip stitches are a very common stitch done by hand.  Learning to stitch can be a bit intimidating, especially if you don’t have someone sitting right next to you that can teach you.  The good news is that it doesn’t have to be scary! 

The Whip Stitch is typically used to join two fabrics together.  It can also be used along the edge of one fabric to keep that particular fabric from fraying.  It is commonly used in garment sewing and has been forever (well, probably close anyway).  But not only is it used for garment sewing, it is also used for joining knitting and crocheting, sewing home décor, and so many other things.

A close cousin to the Whip Stitch is the Fell Stitch.  It is also used for the same purposes as the Whip Stitch but can look just a tad bit neater.  It is especially attractive on garments and if you master this stitch, your garments are sure to look professional. 

Learning the Whip Stitch and the Fell Stitch will open up so many options for new sewists.  It’s a great place to start your stitching journey!

Check out these excellent choices for hand sewing needles and thread.

Check out this great tutorial from Thimble and Plume comparing the Whip Stitch and the Fell Stitch. She does an excellent job of showing you how to do each stitch.

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1 year ago

I liked your video about the whip stitch and the fell stitch. I learned way back in high school to do an “invisible” stitch that really doesn’t show. I would like to view mire of your videos as I haven’t sewn much h in years.

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