Embroidery Stitches

Welcome to the Sew Jewish embroidery stitches page. Here you’ll find instructions and illustrations for all the embroidery stitches used in Sew Jewish patterns and kits.

Backstitch

how to embroider backstitchThis stitch creates a solid line.

Bring the needle up through the fabric near the right side of the line to be embroidered, at A (see the illustration), one stitch length away from the end of the line. Put the needle down through the fabric at the right end of the line, B, and bring it up one stitch length away from A, at C.

To make the next stitch, put the needle down through the fabric at A, and bring it up one stitch length away from C, at D. For the best effect, try to keep the stitches the same length.

Continue in the same way, starting each new stitch by inserting the needle into the fabric at the point where it last emerged from the fabric.

Tip: Most Sew Jewish projects work well with a stitch length of about 1/8” (3cm) or slightly longer.

French Knot

how to embroider french knotStarting with the thread in front of the needle, wrap the thread around the needle three times.
Insert the needle into the fabric close to where the thread emerges from the fabric, while pulling gently on the thread to tighten the knot.

To change the size of the knot, change the number of times you wrap the thread around the needle or change the number of strands of floss.

Running Stitch

how to sew running stitchThis stitch creates a dashed line.

Pass the needle up and down at equal intervals through the layers of fabric or trim. A typical stitch length is about 1/8” (3mm), but you can adjust the length based on the materials you’re working with. If the fabric allows, you can make more than one stitch at a time, passing the needle up and down through the fabric a number of times before pulling it through the fabric with the thread, as in the diagram.

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