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Twelve Hand Stitches That Will Transform Your Sewing

This class will teach you the basics of hand sewing, including a variety of stitches that can be used for embellishment, construction, and repairs.

Sign up for this class if you're a beginner or intermediate sewist who's interested in elevating their garment construction, mending, or tailoring skills by learning the correct way to hand sew when needed. 

Here are a few of the stitches that you'll learn:

  1. Even basting
  2. Uneven basting
  3. Diagonal basting
  4. Slipstitch
  5. Even backtstitch
  6. Half backstitch
  7. Prick stitch
  8. Pick stitch
  9. Catch stitch
  10. Blanket Stitch
  11. Buttonhole stitch

Equipment and Materials, available at Grant House Sewing Center

Hand sewing supplies: needles, thread

Roxanne Basting Needles

Cloth scraps for practice (a fat quarter would be perfect)

Small piece of lightweight fusible interfacing (provided)

One short (7" or smaller) zipper

Seam ripper

Fabric shears

Sewing scissors

Please click this link to review and complete our Class Policies and Waiver form prior to class.

Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details: Advanced beginner students who have mastered basic sewing skills, including threading a needle and knotting the thread. Those who sew garments will find this class particularly useful.
Instructor: Elizabeth Bryant
Instructor Bio: Elizabeth Vana Bryant is a Palmer/Pletsch Certified Fitting Instructor. She teaches in-person classes in Southern California, and virtual classes internationally through the magic of Zoom. She has been sewing for over 50 years, and has specialized in garment fitting and couture construction for over two decades. She has studied couture sewing under Susan Khalje and is the founding leader of the American Sewing Guild Los Angeles Chapter's Couture Group. You can reach her through her website,

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This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.