How to Use the Blind Stitch or Applique Stitch

The applique or blind stitch is almost hidden, making it the perfect kind of stitch for any kind of quilting handwork, such as stitching applique by hand, sewing down your quilt binding, or attaching a sleeve to the back of a quilt.

1. Cut a piece of matching thread about 18” long and make a quilter’s knot

To make a quilter’s knot, hold the threaded needle in your left hand. Pinch the end of the thread under your left thumb. With your right hand, wrap the end of the thread three times around the needle.

2. Pinch the wrapped threads against the needle, using your left thumb.

Use your right hand to gently pull the needle up, holding tight to the wrapped threads under your left thumb. The wrapped threads will slide down the rest of the thread, eventually forming a quilter’s knot at the end of the thread.

3. To start the blind stitch, bring the needle up from behind your applique, binding, or hanging sleeve, between it and your quilt

You want to just barely catch the edge of the applique, binding, or hanging sleeve.

4. Come down into the quilt, directly opposite the spot where you came up

If you’re attaching the binding or a hanging sleeve to a quilted quilt, make sure you don’t go all the way through the quilt to the top. You want to go through the backing only, sliding through the quilt where the batting is.

5. Bring the needle back up, just catching the edge of the applique, binding, or hanging sleeve

Come up about 1/8” to the left. Continue with the stitch until you’ve attached the applique, binding, or sleeve.

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