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Types of Sewing Stitches

A visual guide to hand stitching.


When I was little, I thought that sewing was all about not tangling the thread. Now I've come to learn that different kinds of stitches have their own purpose, and can make or break a project. Here is a list of common stitches and how to make them.

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1. Straight Stitch

Straight Stitch
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A straight stitch is the most common stitch in sewing. It is a simple way to connect two pieces of fabric.

2. Overcast Stitch

Overcast Stitch
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An overcast stitch is used to to both protect the raw edges of fabric and as a decorative stitch.

3. ZigZag Stitch

ZigZag Stitch
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A zigzag stitch is a very good way to protect the raw edges of fabric.

4. Blanket Stitch

Blanket Stitch
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A blanket stitch is often used to trim the raw edges of fabric.

5. Buttonhole Stitch

Buttonhole Stitch
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A buttonhole stitch is used to trim the raw edges of fabric to secure the edges of a button hole.

6. Slip Stitch

A slip stitch is used when you do not want the stitching to appear visible on the finished project.

7. Chain Stitch

A chain stitch is a decorative stitch used to easily embroider designs onto your projects.

8. Running Stitch

A running stitch is a kind of straight stitch that can be made by putting the needle through many folds of fabric instead of one stitch at a time.

9. Back Stitch

A backstitch is a strong repetitive stitch that will keep two pieces of fabric together.

10. How to Thread a Sewing Needle

For beginners, threading the needle can often be the hardest part of sewing. Here, our Guide to Sewing will show you how to get the thread through easily.

11. Easy Sewing Projects for Beginners

Easy Sewing Projects
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Picking up a needle for the first time can be intimidating. I'm here to let you know that sewing isn't all that difficult, and with a few stitches you can make some great styles. Here are some easy sewing projects for the first-timers out there.

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