Thank you Merigold! I looked at the websites I was given earlier, and its pretty much the same old mattress stitch explanation for 3 of them, but one site does show the backstitch too. Your explanation seems to be the easiest of all..lol, however, you'd think by now, after reading 500000000 different explanations of the mattress stitch, I could do it in my sleep. But nope. I think I'll need someone to literally walk me thru it in person.
I'm going to give your directions a try in the morning. If it works, thats all I'm going to need
Thanks for your reply