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newtosewing76
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Date: 12/1/11 5:21 PM

Hello,

Two weeks ago I completed a one-month adult course in sewing. I'm in my mid-thirties and I have always been a creative person. I would like to start developing a line of my designs. I'm primarily interested in baby toys, dolls, lunch bags, and things like coffee cup holder bands.

I just started sewing for the first time. And I decided to start with simple items. What I'm having difficulty in is stitching. I attempted baby blocks, and did so very well. I managed to sew the block with 6 - 4 inch patterns. When I got to the last and final block pattern (which is the flap to close the block right after stuffing), I sewed three-quarters of the square. Now the last quarter is the one where I must hand sew it closed. I am not familiar with sewing terminology, but what I do is hand-sew up and down, no loop or anything. Is this correct? Reason I'm asking is because, the block is all smooth all around and then this one edge is a little off by not looking as even. Is this how it's suppose to look? I looked at blocks sold in stores and they're even all around. What am I doing wrong? Thanks for any advice.
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Date: 12/1/11 6:01 PM

I recommend closing seams like this with the ladder stitch. Here's a great video tutorial that shows it very well:

Ladder Stitch on YouTube

(This is a great stitch for anywhere you want invisible hand stitches--not just closing stuffed pillows/pincushions/etc. It's also great for invisibly inserting a lining in something you can't turn, for example.)

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Date: 12/1/11 10:48 PM

Thanks so much, I'll have a look!
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