Whether you're hemming, mending, or making something new, it's important to choose the right thread for the job, says in-house crafter Aaron Caramanis.
"When choosing a thread for hand stitching, don't just take the spool and put it next to your fabric," Aaron says. "Unravel it and lay it down on the fabric. The thread that disappears is the one you should use. When you are working with a printed fabric, always match the thread to the background color."
For instructions on three basic hand stitches, see our hand-stitching how-to. For examples of other hand stitches from Aaron, see the Crafts Dept. Blog.