How to hand sew a zigzag stitch

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How to hand sew a zigzag stitch
A zigzag stitch is one of many you can do by hand. (PhotoObjects.net/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Whether you have done a lot of sewing or have simply observed the stitching on various fabrics, you have probably noticed there are a great deal of different stitches that can be used when sewing. Some may be decorative, but many have a purpose, such as the zigzag stitch. The zigzag stitch is the ideal stitch when you need the fabric to be able to stretch. It is also a stitch that can be done by hand if you have a steady hand and a good eye.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Fabric

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Start by threading your needle and tying it off at the end.

  2. 2

    Practise on a spare piece of fabric until you get the hang of the zigzag stitch.

  3. 3

    Push the needle through the back, or wrong side, of the fabric and pull the thread up through the right side to create your starting point.

  4. 4

    Bring the needle to a point that is about 30 degrees to 45 degrees diagonally from the starting point, and push the needle through to the back, pulling the thread through as well.

  5. 5

    Bring the needle a few millimetres to the left and push the needle through to the front, pulling the thread through as well.

  6. 6

    Bring the needle down diagonally so that it creates another 30-degree to 45-degree angle that crisscrosses the first diagonal stitch. Push the needle through to the back, pulling the thread through as well.

  7. 7

    Bring the needle a few millimetres to the left and push the needle through to the front, pulling the thread through as well.

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