Before you can sew your first toy, you need to learn the basic stitches. Even if your sewing machine will do majority of the work, these stitches you will need to know to make all details for your toys and to achieve professional look at the end:
This is the most basic stitch you will use majority of the time. It can be used for sewing layers together as well as for decorating.
The ladder stitch is similar to running stitch. You will use this one for closing up a hole from the outside or to attach features like arms, legs, head to the surface of a plushie.
This is the stitch you’ll be using to attach details on top of another piece of fabric and for sewing together felt toys, especially when you will want seams to meet up flatly to create a shape. This is especially good for round shapes, like heads or bodies.
The blanket stitch you’ll use for decorating the edges of thick materials or for sewing thick materials like felt together. The stitch can emphasize the edges and give the plushy more professional look, especially if it is done in contrasting color.
This stitch you will use for decorating your toys like stitching the mouth on the cute plushy face.
This stitch will be used for decorative purposes, the same as the stem stitch. Although back stitch is more suitable for stitching smaller things, the final decision depends on the feel you wish to accomplish.
Don’t be afraid to play around with different stiches, see what works better in different situations, which you prefer to use. There are great tutorials on Youtube for all these stitches above, if you would need some additional explaining. Happy hand stitching!