Sunday, January 8, 2012

How To Hand Sew: Chain Stitch


The chain stitch is a decorative stitch, usually used in embroidery. It looks complicated but it's actually really simple. Here's how to do it:

STEP ONE:


Start with your thread coming up through the fabric.

STEP TWO:


Put your needle back in where it came from, or right next to where your thread is coming out.

STEP THREE:


Pull the needle through the fabric, but don't pull all the way. Leave a loop of thread behind.

STEP FOUR:


Bring your needle back through the fabric, inside the loop of thread you left behind in the previous step.

STEP FIVE:


Pull it all the way now and the loop of thread should tighten around your new stitch, creating a chain.

And voila! You now know how to chain stitch!

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