Stitches Every Embroiderer Should Know

You are all set up and ready to go to be the best embroider in the world. You’ve chosen the fabric you want to use, and you’re ready to start stitching.

But what do you do first?

The answer is simple: learn some stitches!

In this article we’ll go over some of the most common stitches used by embroiderers in order to help you craft your next project.

Running Stitch

The running stitch is a basic stitch used in embroidery. It is used to outline shapes and borders, create straight lines and sew two pieces of fabric together.

Running stitches can be made by hand or machine by using the following steps:

  • Put your needle through the fabric so that it’s pointing toward you (you’ll see this if you’ve ever tried running a seam before).
  • Wrap the thread around your needle until there are two loops on top of each other—these will be called “tails” or “ends”. You want these tails to point away from you so there’s less chance that they’ll pull out when stitching over another part of your project later on down the line! Now take one tail between thumb and forefinger while holding onto both ends with other fingers; pull tight enough so no slack remains between both strands at any point during this process (this will help prevent any gaps appearing later on when sewing thicker materials like leather or suede).

Satin Stitch

Satin stitch is a very simple stitch. It is also called as even-weave or even-surface stitch. It is used to create a smooth surface on the fabric by running the thread through both sides of the fabric and creating diagonal lines across it.

This stitch can be used in many different ways:

  • To add detail to your design or pattern;
  • To finish off edges;
  • For decorative stitching around buttons, etc.;

Stem Stitch

The stem stitch is a simple running stitch that can be worked in a straight line or in a curve. It’s used to outline shapes and fill in areas, as well as create stems on leaves and flowers.

To begin this stitch, place your needle at the end of your thread where you want to start inserting it into fabric (it doesn’t matter which direction it faces). Then bring up your working yarn and make an overhand knot with it on top of itself at this same point. Now take your needle back down through both layers until about two inches remain at their intersection where you started stitching (you will see two parallel lines forming). Next, pull up both strands together so that they meet each other under their own weight; then press them flat against each other by gently stretching out any kinks or curls that may have formed during their journey through space!

Back Stitch

A back stitch is formed by bringing the needle through the last two loops of the previous row and then looping it over itself. This stitch can be used in any pattern, but its main purpose is to hold two pieces together so that you don’t have to sew them together using another method (such as a running stitch). The most common example would be when making your own bags: you’ll need something strong enough to keep your stuff from falling out!

French Knot

The French knot is the simplest stitch in embroidery. It’s used to make flowers, leaves and other small elements. You can also use it to create a border around your piece of embroidery.

The best way to use this stitch is by placing one end of the thread on top of the needle and bringing it down through another hole from below (for example: if you’re going across an “x” shape, then you’ll want to bring your needle down through both loops). Once this has been done once or twice more, pass under both threads again so that they start over at their original starting point – this will form a loop which hangs off at right angles off either side of where you started with your stitches!

Chain Stitch

Chain stitch is a decorative stitch that can be used to create patterns, borders and fillings. It’s easy to do and comes in handy when you want to add some texture or color. Chain stitches are also very versatile; they’re great for both hand and machine embroidery projects!

Chain Stitch Tutorial:

  • Place the needle in front of your embroidery fabric so it’s right up against where you want the first chain stitch to go (I’ll call this point #1).
  • Slide down through several inches of fabric until you hit something solid like a buttonhole loop or raw edge on another piece of patterned fabric (this will be my second point #2).

Split stitch

Split stitch is a running stitch variation. It’s used to create a raised line, and can also be used to fill in areas. The split stitch can be worked on any fabric, but it’s commonly used in embroidery, quilting and other crafts where the item being stitched will have a lot of detail.

There are many kinds of stitches to help you craft your next embroidery project

Stitches are the most common way to create patterns and fill in areas. They can also be used to outline shapes, create texture, or even help you achieve a more natural look.

  • Single stitch: This is the simplest type of stitch and involves just one needle moving across your fabric. It’s great for outlining simple designs because it won’t leave any noticeable holes behind when stitching over itself or other stitches (unless your design has lots of repeats). You can see this effect in some of our samples below!
  • Double stitch: When two or more needles are used together at once on one fabric piece/stitch line/etc., this is known as double stitching—and it’s what makes up most embroidery projects! The idea here is that each needle creates two lines instead of one single line by pushing through multiple layers at once; therefore giving us stronger looking results without having too much wasted space left over after each row has been completed successfully.”


The best way to learn new stitches is by practicing them.

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