|The Mattress Stitch joins two pieces of work together
with a sturdy seam that becomes almost invisible. The best part of this
stitch is that there is no lump or ridge (as would be left with a slip
stitch or single crochet seam).
Ive heard, many times, that the sewing is the least fun for most people. They limit themselves to patterns that work in a round - just to avoid sewing. This stitch is so easy that youll love doing it - and working with it will open the doors to many shaped patterns, and beautiful yarn, wool, or cotton handmade garments.
As a general rule of thumb, if you know youre going to sew something together - leave a tail thats about 3 to 4 times the finished length of the piece. This way you dont have to tie sewing thread on and theres less loose ends to hide later.
|Thread your yarn needle and insert it in the TOP, first stitch of the opposite piece. Its VERY important to remember to ALWAYS go from the outside to the inside (or seam side).|
|Then repeat this process - from outside to inside - in the next top thread of the opposite piece.|
|Pause about every 3 or 4 stitches. Youll be performing
the magic of making the seam thread disappear.
Holding the bottom of your work (where you started) lay your thread going straight up (to the top of your work) and gently pull the thread tight.
Pulling the thread tight will weave it into the piece and make it as close to invisible as it can be.
Be careful not to pull too tight as you do not want your work to pucker.
|Then resume sewing for the next 3 - 4 stitches, pausing
and pulling it tight, until youve reached the end of your seam.
It's Just That Easy!