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    Hello all,
    I recently purchased a kit from WW&Co.
    I am looking for an online site that can show some instructions on basic hand stitching.
    I tried looking up a few of the stitches that are giving me fits on youtube, and all I really found on there was for using a sewing machine which doesnt really help.
    Any help will be appreciated.
    Ryan Gray

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    Ryan,
    When I first started sewing I too used Youtube and I had to scroll through lots of junk videos to get what I wanted but I assure you that the information is there.. What I did was make sure to type "hand sewn" in every video search that I did.. Through Youtube I learned back stiching as well as many thers as well as Ft Ticondagroga has a great video on worked buttenholes again all on Youtube.. Hope that helps you in some way!

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    These are three that helped me quite a bit. Though, this isn't the entire list. #2 is particularly helpful. I would also recommend a poke sake as first project. Visit your local Joanns for some cheap homespun fabric - make sure you get woven checks/plaid and not printed homespun.

    http://www.authentic-campaigner.com/...Chris-Sullivan


    http://www.33wis.com/articles/pdf/Mi...TECHNIQUES.pdf

    http://gavolbn.org/yahoo_site_admin/....194105638.pdf

    A pattern I purchased once also had some good sewing instructions: http://pastpatterns.com/007.html

    Evan O'Dell

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    An even bigger question is why you want to hand sew a garment. You didn't specify what you were sewing but sewing machines that produced the lock stitch as we find on sewing machines today were being made by the thousands. So it may be permissible to use a machine. The greatest difficulty is if you are doing a late-war garment in the South. They had more trouble getting manufactured thread because of the blockade. Homespun often jammed the machines. So for such a garment, hand sewing might be more appropriate.

    But if you don't sew, I would second that making a poke sack would be a good warm up.

    Michael Mescher
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    Making attempts federal style drawers, maybe a shirt, and would like to try a sack coat.
    I have made it several clothing items for 1812 but had some one over my shoulder showing me the whole way through each project. I just made bunch of poke sacks for my pards who went to shiloh. I just want to perfect my stitching before i tackle something like a S A sack coat.
    Thanks to all for the helpful advice.
    Ryan

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    Having examined at least one SA produced sack at the Smithsonian i can attest the stitching was not of the highest quality

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