This section is from the book "School Needlework. A Course of Study in Sewing designed for use in Schools", by Olive C. Hapgood. Also available from Amazon: School Needlework: A Course Of Study In Sewing Designed For Use In Schools.
1. Make a knot in the thread.
2. Holding the folded edge of the cloth towards you, work from left to right.
3. Half-an-inch from the folded edge take three or four stitches one-fourth of an inch in length, and over each other (Fig. 49, a).
4. Holding the thread down with the left thumb, insert the needle under the backstitches, and over the thread (Fig. 49, a); being careful not to take up any threads of the cloth.
5. Draw the needle and thread towards you, so that the purl may come at the side of the loop towards you.
6. Fill the loop full of stitches drawn closely together.
7. At the right-hand end, draw the needle down through the cloth, close to the purl of the last stitch.
8. With a few stitches, overhand the underneath stitching, and fasten securely.
In making a loop on a garment, the backstitches should be taken one-sixteenth of an inch beyond where the loop comes, when the garment is fastened. Button-hole stitches can be used instead of loop-stitches.
What is a loop? What is its use? In which direction do you work in making a loop? Where and how are the first stitches taken? How is the needle inserted? How is the needle drawn through? How many stitches should be taken in the loop? What is done to the underneath stitches?
Fig. 49. - a, Showing the needle in position; b, showing a finished loop; c, showing a finished loop, enlarged.