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Hand Stitches for Hand Sewing

Chain Stitich

This is an example of Chain Stitch used to fill an area.

Example of Chain Stitch

It can also be used where you want to stitch layers together as in some of my Christmas Ornaments.

It can also be used to create stems when you wish a line heavier than the Stem Stitch would create.

Chain Stitch

Come up from the back at the start of your line.

Start the next stitch by going back down the same hole and back up where you want the stitch to end. Loop your thread around the needle and gently pull through.

Chain stitch is directional, so that it is worthwhile to think about the start of you line. In my Blue Heart Christmas Tree Ornament I've started from the top centre for 2 lines of stitching. A single line all the way around would haave looked unbalanced.

Chain Stitch

To repeat the stitch, again stitch down through the same hole and then back up at the finish of the stitch. Pull needle up gently to finish stitch.

Chain Stitch

To finish the stitch, stitch down just past the thread that was looped around on the last stitch.

Finished Line of Chain Stitch

Here is the finished line of Chain Stitch.

Finished Line of Chain Stitch

Here is the back of the finished line of Chain Stitch.

 

 

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