Running Stitch Tutorial

If you’re new to embroidery and want to know how get started, I recommend reading the Embroidery Basics tutorial first.

Let’s work on one of the core stitches: the running stitch. Also known as the straight stitch, the running stitch can be used for creating a simple border, sewing fabric together, filling space – any number of things.

Here’s a quick look at the steps. I’ll break each of these down below.

Running stitch tutorial by The Stitch Emporium

Step-by-step instructions

Step 1: Push the threaded needle up through the fabric.

Step 2: Push the needle back down through the fabric.

Step 3: Repeat this stitch, leaving a space between the first and second stitch. Generally running stitches are evenly spaced, but you can vary their length and the length of the spaces between stitches to get a different look.

Step 4: Continue stitching. Remember to make the stitches even and straight.

The final result!

Pro Tip

Before you push the needle back through the fabric, put it between the strands of the thread. This helps avoid tangles and keeps the stitches smooth.

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