Mattress Stitch
a.k.a. Invisible Stitch

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).

I’ve 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 you’ll love doing it - and working with it will open the doors to many ‘shaped’ patterns, and beautiful yarn, wool, or cotton handmade garments.

How to Do a Mattress Stitch (sewing crochet together)

As a general rule of thumb, if you know you’re going to sew something small together - leave a tail that’s about 3 to 4 times the finished length of the piece. This way you don’t have to tie sewing thread on and there’s less loose ends to hide later. Larger items will still require you to tie on thread.

No matter if you've left your yarn attached or tied it on, another important thing to remember is that you only use one (1) thread. So don't knot two threads together.

Insert your threaded needle 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. You’ll 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 you’ve reached the end of your seam.

It's Just That Easy!

This is, by far, my favorite way to closely join to pieces of work together.

Here are a few more important things to remember:

1. For the most part, you do the mattress stitch on the right side of the fabric. However, TEST this. Do a few stitches, pull it tight and look at it. 

2. When doing the mattress stitch on something that needs to be 'really' secure (like a purse), you can do the stitch on one side, then turn your item over and do it again on the other.

3. Take your time and line up the stitches. It can be easy, on a large item, to loose your place. I join large pieces with pins to make sure I stay on track.

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