Common Types of Stitches Part Two

Most Common Types of Stitches, Part Two

Welcome back! We are here to talk more about types of stitches in detail. Our last blog post, we compiled a list of all the varieties. We also noted which were hand stitches, as well as, which were achieved with a sewing machine. If you missed it, do go back and read it before moving on!

Embroidery | Fabric Stores Portland OR

According to, “Embroidery uses various combinations of stitches. Each embroidery stitch has a special name to help identify it. These names vary from country to country and region to region. Some embroidery books will include name variations. Taken by themselves the stitches are mostly simple to execute, however when put together the results can be extremely complex.”

Straight Stitches

This type of stitch works through the ground of fabric in Portland OR, up and down in a single direction.

Back Stitches

Passing through in a circular motion, back stitching repeats movements along through the entire sewing process. It begins by coming from the back of the fabric. Then, follow these directions:

  • make a stitch to the right going back to the back of the fabric
  •  pass behind the first stitch and come up to the front of the fabric to the left of the first stitch
  • go back to the back of the fabric through the same hole the stitch first came up from
  • repeat movements to the left of the stitches
  • continue 

Knowing the different types of stitches will be key when starting your sewing journey. Even those that are familiar with the ins and outs of this hobby often don't know what the stitching they prefer is called. Knowing correct terminology helps you along the way! To learn more about the different kinds of stitching techniques, visit back with our blog soon. 

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