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Making The Embroidery Designs – Different Types Of Stitches

When it comes down to embroidery, it’s needless to say that it’s not an easy process. There are so many factors to be considered. To complete the embroidery project, you have to have enough knowledge about different types of stitches because your grasp on different stitching types will impact the quality of embroidery design. With this article, we are sharing information about different types of stitches and suitable applications. So, are you ready to find out more details?

Embroidery Stitch – What Is It?

It is basically called an embroidery swing, and there are various varieties available. Moreover, the needle drops are counted as the number of stitches. This means that if there are 100 stitches on a specific embroidery design, the needle will drop 1000 times. In addition, it will help you determine the precise number of drops (yes, the needle drops) on a specific design. You might not know, but the number count of needles plays an essential role in determining the timing and pricing of a stitch. That being said, it’s safe to say that embroidery and stitches are related. Now, let’s have a look at different types of stitches!

Types of Embroidery Stitches

With embroidery, there is an extensive range of embroidery stitching types, and the majority of them are available in embroidery software as well. However, there are manual stitches that you should know about. This section sheds light on the machine embroidery stitches, their applications, and their proper usage.

Satin Stitch 

For the most part, it is known as a jump stitch, and it’s designed to run in the left and right direction continuously. Satin stitch is the most popular and widely used stitch in the embroidery niche. Moreover, it has become one of the finest and neatest stitches out there for completing the embroidery design. The satin stitches are great for straight objects (those with less than 1cm measurement). With satin stitch, multiple flat stitches are made to cover up the fabric’s background.

Some people also opt for narrow satin stitch rows on conventional sewing machines to make this design. However, those machines need a specific satin stitch or zigzag stitch foot. When it comes down to the machine-made satin stitch, you can use it to attach the applique digitizing and outlining. Even with satin stitch, there are multiple variations, including the following;

  • Brick – with this design, alternate rows of the stitches tend to offset by the length of half stitch. It actually creates a good design when made in different colors, and it can create stepped shading. Also, some people know it as beadwork.
  • Encroaching – with this variation, each stitch row’s top is set between the bottom side of every stitch on the prior row.
  • Bourdon – with this stitch variation, there will be a tight space and is widely used for decorative purposes and monograms.
  • Padded – with this stitch, every shape is filled with small stitches later converted into satin stitches.
  • Long & Short – this stitch technique is used for fine shading purposes, and multiple thread colors are used to make the right appearance.

Tatami Stitches 

This stitch is widely called a filling stitch or fill stitch. As the name suggests, it is used for filling up more oversized embroidery objects and fill up complex digitizing designs. For instance, when the embroidery design is bigger than one centimeter, you can choose and use a tatami stitch. The best thing about tatami stitch is that it can enhance the aesthetic appeal of the embroidery design without making the design rough. Moreover, the users have the capacity to customize the tatami stitch effects by using different shapes and angles.

Zigzag Stitch 

The zigzag stitch is just like the left-right stitch and generally looks like a satin stitch. However, it uses an angle-to-angle design rather than a straight stitch line. If there is a tight spacing between two stitches, it will appear as a satin stitch. In simpler words, the zigzag stitch can only be differentiated if you add enough spacing between two stitches.

Cross Stitch 

Truth be told, there is no single definition for cross stitch because there are different variations, such as a quarter cross, half cross, and full cross. For the most part, a full cross stitch is used for making hand embroidery designs.


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