How to Sew an Invisible Stitch

Sewing an invisible stitch (also known as a blind stitch) to finish out the binding on my quilts is my favorite part of the quilting process. After you get the hang of it, you can hand stitch the binding on a quilt in just a couple of hours.

What I enjoy most is I can sit in the evenings with my family in the living room while working on a project. (I can’t do this while cutting fabric or piecing at my machine.)

1. Thread a need and tie a knot at the end. I don’t like pulling more than two feet of thread through at a time. I end up with knots sometimes when I have super long thread.

2. Put your need through ONE LAYER of your fabric. (See below.) If your needle goes through both layers, your stitch will not be invisible.

3. Sew your needle through one layer of your quilt. You can see the stitching on my quilt that is left after sewing my binding on. I use that stitch as my guide and thread the needle through the quilt just below that line.

4. Pull your needle through the quilt and move back to the binding. Continue going and going.

5. As I pull my thread tight, it will begin to look like the below picture. The binding will cover the raw edge of the quilt, and you won’t be able to see your stitching on the other side of the binding.

Simple, my friends!

2 thoughts on “How to Sew an Invisible Stitch

  1. Wonderful tutorial, thank you! I am curious, however, about how this will work for around the corners. I’m just wondering if you could give some helpful hints or pictures before I actually attempt this!

    1. Hi Natasha, great question! Next time I finish a quilt, I’ll have to add a tutorial to show you how I finish the corners. Hopefully soon! I did, however, find a link that is very similar to how I finish my corners:

      This is almost exactly how I finish my except I’ve never sewn through to the front and stitched the corner. Maybe this will be helpful until I get a tutorial up!

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