Common Types of Stitches, Part One

Stitching is the complete movement of thread being moved through fabric. The movement allows two different pieces to be sewn together as one.  that There are different types of stitches that can be done by hand or with a sewing machine.

Types of Stitches | Fabric Portland

Depending on the type of fabric in Portland you're using, as well as, what type of garment you're making will depend on the stitched used. Below, you'll find several different types of common stitches. you'll also find a list of hand sewn stitches and machine stitches at the end. 

Couching (Laid) Stitches

  • Square laid work
  • Roumanian couching
  • Pendant couching,
  • Oriental couching
  • Klosterstitch
  • Bokhara couching
  • Battlement couching

Knotted Stitches

  • Sorbello stitch
  • Plaited Braid stitch
  • Knotted Loop stitch
  • Knotted edgings based on buttonhole stitches include:
  • French knot AKA Knot stitch
  • Diamond stitch
  • Coral stitch
  • Chinese knot
  • Bullion knots
  • Armenian edging stitch
  • Antwerp edging stitch

Cross Stitches

  • Sprat's Head stitch
  • Herringbone stitches
  • Hem stitch
  • Crow's Foot stitch
  • Bullion knot
  • Breton stitch

Buttonhole Stitches

  • Top Knotted Buttonhole stitch
  • Tailor's buttonhole stitch
  • German Knotted Buttonhole stitch
  • Crossed buttonhole stitch, the tops of the stitch cross
  • Closed buttonhole stitch, the tops of the stitch touch to form triangles
  • Buttonhole stitches combined with knots:
  • Buttonhole stitch
  • Blanket stitch

Chain Stitches | Fabric Portland

  • Spanish Chain or Zig-zag Chain
  • Lazy Daisy stitch AKA Detached chain.
  • Chain stitch

Back Stitches

  • Stem stitch or outline stitch
  • Split stitch
  • Crewel stitch

Straight Stitches

  • Simple satin stitch
  • Running or basting stitch
  • Fern stitch
  • Algerian eye stitch

Straight Stitch Journeys

  • Holbein stitch AKA Double running stitch
  • Bosnian stitch

Machine Stitching Techniques | Fabric Portland

  • Zigzag stitch
  • Tacking stitch
  • Stretch stitch
  • Straight stitch
  • Satin stitch
  • Running stitch
  • Overlock
  • Outline stitch
  • Lock stitch
  • Cover stitch
  • Chain stitch
  • Back stitch

If you're interested in learning more about each of these stitches, be sure to visit back with our next blog post. We will talk about the most common types of stitching in detail. 


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