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Hand Stitches for Embroidery

Padded Satin Stitch

Padded Satin Stitch is used for the same solid areas as Basic Satin Stitch, but you would use it if you want the area to be slightly thicker and have a more solid, raised presence.

Rows of Running Stitch Create Padding

Start this stitch by sewing a line of Running Stitch around the edge of the area you want to Satin Stitch and fill the centre of the shape with parallel rows of running Stitch.

The more dense the rows of Running Stitch, the thicker the Padded Satin Stitch will be.

Start of Padded Satin Stitch

I've started the Satin part of the stitch at the widest end of this Petal Shape, because it is easier to gauge the amount of tension to place on the first stitches and then make the stitches at the point match.

Finished Padded Satin Stitch

The best is for the stitches to be slightly firm but not tight. They will flop about if they ate too loose and buckle the fabric and not cover as well if they are too tight.

Your goal is to make the both the edges of the shape and the flat surface of the leaf as smooth as possible.

Finished Padded Satin Stitch finished with Stem Stitch

Stem Stitch around the edge has the benifit of hiding any imperfections in the edges of the stitching and gives more definition to the shape.

 

 

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