One of the things I’m not fond of when making bags is the final bit of hand-sewing you have to do to close up the hole on the lining (from turning the bag right side out). It’s not that I don’t like the hand-sewing, I really don’t mind that at all….it’s the fact that the slipstitch looks so unprofessional. I hate that you can tell where the hole was closed up.
Here is a stitch that has made me say “goodbye” to that ugly slipstitch. I call it the invisible stitch. You won’t be able to see it when you are done!
Start by ironing the seam you are working with. The crease will allow for a neat closure.
Insert the needle from the inside of the seam to enclose the knot.
Move the needle to the opposite side entering the crease exactly opposite from where the thread came out on the other side. Keeping the needle parallel to the opening, pull the needle out (the same side) about 1/8″.
Continue doing this until your seam is closed up and tie off as usual.
And that is the invisible stitch. One you use it, you’ll never go back to the slipstitch!