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Sew a Straight Stitch

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  1. Sew a Straight Stitch, Sew a Straight Stitch: step 1, image 1 of 2 Sew a Straight Stitch, Sew a Straight Stitch: step 1, image 2 of 2
    • Thread your needle and tie a knot in the end of the thread.

    • We're using contrasting thread for visibility, but when you do your repair you will want to use matching thread.

    • Drive the needle through the back of the bottom material.

    • Pull the thread taut.

  2. Sew a Straight Stitch: step 2, image 1 of 2 Sew a Straight Stitch: step 2, image 2 of 2
    • Drive the needle through the back side of the top material.

    • In this case we're sewing a buckle, but you can use this stitch to sew just about anything together.

    • Pull the thread taut.

    • Align the two materials in their final position.

  3. Sew a Straight Stitch: step 3, image 1 of 2 Sew a Straight Stitch: step 3, image 2 of 2
    • Drive the needle down through both layers of material, coming out on the back side of the bottom material. Push the needle out of the material.

    • The closer you drive the needle in to where the thread came up, the smaller the stitch length. Having a smaller stitch length requires more stitches, but creates a stronger seam.

    • Pull the thread taut.

  4. Sew a Straight Stitch: step 4, image 1 of 2 Sew a Straight Stitch: step 4, image 2 of 2
    • Ensure the two layers are correctly aligned.

    • Drive the needle through both layers of fabric from the back side of the bottom material, coming up on the top side of the top material.

    • Pull the thread taut.

  5. Sew a Straight Stitch: step 5, image 1 of 3 Sew a Straight Stitch: step 5, image 2 of 3 Sew a Straight Stitch: step 5, image 3 of 3
    • Continue sewing through both layers, going down from the top and up from the bottom, as described in steps 3 and 4 of this guide.

    • When you come to the end of your material, draw the needle in between the two layers of material, under the thread of the closest stitch.

    • Slowly start to pull the thread taut. As you pull a loop will form.

    • Draw the needle through the loop and pull the thread taut.

    • Repeat the process of drawing the needle between the layers, creating a loop, and drawing the needle through the loop as described in this step.

  6. Sew a Straight Stitch: step 6, image 1 of 1
    • Pull the thread taut.

    • Cut any remaining thread and admire your work.

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