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Embroidery Glossary Stitch Types

Run Stitch

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This is your basic stitch. This stitch is common in both embroidery and sewing machines. Look at the seam of most jeans and you will see this stitch. Most run stitches in embroidery are between .8 mm to 5 mm in length. The stitch length is regulated and can be made to be the same length for straight or curved stitches, or given a smaller minimum for curves. Run stitches are used for detail, traveling from point to point or for underlay.

aka: Walking Stitch

Double Run Stitch

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The run stitch can also be doubled back up on itself and is called a double run stitch. If the inputs are staggered, the line will be less segmented. This stitch type is most often used for thin outlines.

Manual Stitch

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This may appear to look like run stitch but it is unique in the stitch points are not regulated. In other words, you manually put in the stitch points, making an irregular looking run stitch.

Triple Run Stitch

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This is like a run stitch but goes forward a stitch, back to the previous point then forward again and repeats itself for the next stitch. Triple Stitches are generally used for outlines when a run stitch is too thin and satin stitch is not an option.

aka: Bean Stitch

Satin Stitch

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The most common of stitches. It is a tight zig-zag stitch that is most often used for borders and lettering. The density can be altered and end up looking similar to a zig-zag stitch.

aka: Column Stitch

Zig-zag Stitch

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Very similar stitch to Satin Stitch, but more open between stitches with the end stitch always ending on the same side as the beginning stitch. This is often used for underlay and tack-down for appliques.

Stem Stitch

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Just like Zig-zag stitch but at an angle. Used most for decorative stitching or borders.

Back Stitch

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Similar to the Triple Stitch, but the stitching is at an angle and staggered. This can be used manually as an alternative underlay for Polar Fleece and Sweaters.

Fill Stitch

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This is the stitch that you see for fills or wide areas. Fill stitch is a pattern that is created by a run stitch that goes back and forth really close together. The pattern can be changed. The density, distance from the edge, angle, pattern, and the edge of the stitch can all be changed. You may also see this stitch as a tackdown or underlay but with the spacing further apart.

aka: Tatami, Ceeding

 

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Alex

I've read your article. Honestly, I've never read this type of informative and efficient article before. This article will help lots of beginners like me to build skills in embroidery. Love to read your incoming blogs too. Really appreciate your work and dedication.

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There is a lot of material in your post that I can use to further my understanding.


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Larry Martin

Great breakdown of various stitch types in embroidery! I particularly found the explanations of the Double Run Stitch and Triple Run Stitch very insightful, providing clarity on their distinct uses for outlines and detailing.


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Larry Martin

Thank you for this comprehensive breakdown of various embroidery stitch types! Learning about the nuances between run, double run, manual, and triple run stitches was incredibly helpful for understanding their distinct applications in creating detailed and unique designs.

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