How to: Skin Stitch! Step-by-step with pictures! by Izabelle McInnus - Musely
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How to: Skin Stitch! Step-by-step with pictures!

posted in Fashion
04/15/2016
  • Note: This doesn't hurt if you do it the right way, but you can DEFINITELY feel it, and it feels weird and tickley. Though, personally, I think it's fun and I enjoy it a lot. Also, the way it looks is definitely worth some minor discomfort! 
With that in mind, let's get started!
    Note: This doesn't hurt if you do it the right way, but you can DEFINITELY feel it, and it feels weird and tickley. Though, personally, I think it's fun and I enjoy it a lot. Also, the way it looks is definitely worth some minor discomfort!
    With that in mind, let's get started!
  • My test-run was the back of my hand, it's an easy place to stitch.
    My test-run was the back of my hand, it's an easy place to stitch.
  • Start with just a sewing needle and some thread. Thin, short needles work the best. But make sure the needle you choose is very sharp.
    Start with just a sewing needle and some thread. Thin, short needles work the best. But make sure the needle you choose is very sharp.
  • Measure the thread. My design is going to be small, but I wanted to over-estimate so that I had enough room for tying it and so the thread doesnt slip out of the eye of the needle. I suggest 3-4 inches longer than your design will be.
    Measure the thread. My design is going to be small, but I wanted to over-estimate so that I had enough room for tying it and so the thread doesnt slip out of the eye of the needle. I suggest 3-4 inches longer than your design will be.
  • Clean the area! Dip a Q-Tip or cotton ball in rubbing alcohol and wipe the area you want to stitch. This way, it won't get infected. I cleaned the whole palm of my hand.
    Clean the area! Dip a Q-Tip or cotton ball in rubbing alcohol and wipe the area you want to stitch. This way, it won't get infected. I cleaned the whole palm of my hand.
  • Get some rubbing alcohol on a Q-Tip or cotton ball and wipe your sewing needle down to sterilize it to avoid infection!
    Get some rubbing alcohol on a Q-Tip or cotton ball and wipe your sewing needle down to sterilize it to avoid infection!
  • Wipe off the rubbing alcohol with a clean paper towel or towel.
    Wipe off the rubbing alcohol with a clean paper towel or towel.
  • Since rubbing alcohol dries out the skin, get a LITTLE bit of lotion and rub it into the area you're going to stitch. Rub it in until it isn't greasy anymore. This will make sure the needle goes through the top layer easily so you don't accidentally stab yourself.
    Since rubbing alcohol dries out the skin, get a LITTLE bit of lotion and rub it into the area you're going to stitch. Rub it in until it isn't greasy anymore. This will make sure the needle goes through the top layer easily so you don't accidentally stab yourself.
  • This part can be difficult. But if you've ever sewn before, you should know how. If not, I'm sure you can figure it out ;) 
Put the thread through the needle's eye.
    This part can be difficult. But if you've ever sewn before, you should know how. If not, I'm sure you can figure it out ;)
    Put the thread through the needle's eye.
  • Pull the thread through.
    Pull the thread through.
  • Pull the two pieces of thread together...
    Pull the two pieces of thread together...
  • Don't tie the thread together! Hold the two pieces of thread together, and then twist it. If you tie it, the knot will get stuck when you try to pull your needle through!
    Don't tie the thread together! Hold the two pieces of thread together, and then twist it. If you tie it, the knot will get stuck when you try to pull your needle through!
  • Tie the very end of the thread so it won't pull right through. I knotted it 4 times.
    Tie the very end of the thread so it won't pull right through. I knotted it 4 times.
  • Here comes the fun part! Push the needle through the very top layer of skin.
    Here comes the fun part! Push the needle through the very top layer of skin.
  • Keep pushing it through, VERY slowly. If you do this too quickly, the skin might rip, so remember to take it slowly and carefully.
    Keep pushing it through, VERY slowly. If you do this too quickly, the skin might rip, so remember to take it slowly and carefully.
  • After the needle is all the way through, pull the thread through until the knot you tied earlier stops it. Never yank or the skin will rip!
    After the needle is all the way through, pull the thread through until the knot you tied earlier stops it. Never yank or the skin will rip!
  • Keep going until you get the design you want.
    Keep going until you get the design you want.
  • My design is going to be a cross.
    My design is going to be a cross.
  • Once you're finished, pull the thread out of the needle and place the needle somewhere SAFE (NOT your pant leg like I did! LOL)
    Once you're finished, pull the thread out of the needle and place the needle somewhere SAFE (NOT your pant leg like I did! LOL)
  • The trickiest part... Tying it. I'm sure it wouldn't be so difficult if I had to only use one hand... Using a safety-pin to help guide it helps a little.
    The trickiest part... Tying it. I'm sure it wouldn't be so difficult if I had to only use one hand... Using a safety-pin to help guide it helps a little.
  • Yay!
    Yay!
  • Get some scissors..
    Get some scissors..
  • And snip off the excess thread.
    And snip off the excess thread.
  • Then, I wanted to add another color.
    Then, I wanted to add another color.
  • Here I have some nail/cuticule ointment that will make my skin heal and not dry. If you don't have any, use moisturizing lotion.
    Here I have some nail/cuticule ointment that will make my skin heal and not dry. If you don't have any, use moisturizing lotion.
  • I put drops of ointment around the stitched areas.
    I put drops of ointment around the stitched areas.
  • Then massage it in gently. This will feel soothing, because after you stitch your skin, it's just a bit sore.
    Then massage it in gently. This will feel soothing, because after you stitch your skin, it's just a bit sore.
  • Shiny…~
    Shiny…~
  • Now rock that thing! Remember, this is temporary. If you want to take it out just snip off the knotted end and gently pull the thread out piece by piece. Have fun!
    Now rock that thing! Remember, this is temporary. If you want to take it out just snip off the knotted end and gently pull the thread out piece by piece. Have fun!
  • If you struggle with self-harm, this is a great alternative. It's very stimulating. Let me know if you try it, and if you like this, please give it a thumbs up. Thanks!

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