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How To Sew an Invisible Stitch

The invisible stitch, also known as the¬†ladder, slip, blind, or hidden stitch is a commonly used hand sewing stitch. In this example, I’m using it to sew closed the opening on a pillow cover.

How to Sew an Invisible Stitch
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Sewing an invisible stitch

Before you begin, iron or hand press the fabric where you want the seam to be. Thread the needle and make a knot at the end. I’m doubling up the thread for extra strength.

Bring the needle up through one of the ironed edges so the knot is hidden. Then go to the opposite side and slide the needle through the top of the fold so you pick up a little bit of the fabric.

How to Sew an Invisible Stitch - Ironing the fabric
How to Sew an Invisible Stitch - Threading the needle
How to Sew an Invisible Stitch - Beginning to sew
How to Sew an Invisible Stitch - Sewing across the opening

Next go directly across to the other side and do the same thing. Repeat this a couple more times.

The trick to this stitch is when you go from side to side, go straight across so the thread is perpendicular to the folds. The thread will start to like the rungs on a ladder. Then, when you pull the thread taut, the stitches will disappear.

How to Sew an Invisible Stitch - Continuing to stitch
How to Sew an Invisible Stitch - Continuing to stitch

Continue this process down the opening, pulling the thread taut every couple of stitches. When you get to the end, pick up a bit of fabric like before. This time, bring the needle through the loop of thread so you form a knot.

Then repeat this, going through the knot you just made. Do this once more just to make sure it’s extra secure.

How to Sew an Invisible Stitch - Finishing the stitch
How to Sew an Invisible Stitch - Finishing the stitch

Finally, to hide the tail of the thread, go down through the knot, out the side of the fabric, and and snip the thread,
And that’s it, the stitches are just about invisible.

How to Sew an Invisible Stitch - Hiding the thread
How to Sew an Invisible Stitch - Hiding the thread
How to Sew an Invisible Stitch - Finished
How to Sew an Invisible Stitch - Finished