Examples of Hand Stitches

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List of Hand Stitches

  • Back Stitch – Sturdy hand stitch used for seams and decoration.
  • Basting Stitch (or tacking) – For reinforcement.
  • Blanket Stitch – To finish an unhemmed blanket.
  • Blind Stitch (or hemstitch) – Type of slip stitch used for inconspicuous hems.
  • Buttonhole Stitch – For reinforcing buttonholes and preventing cut fabric from raveling.
  • Chain Stitch – Hand or machine stitch for seams or decoration.
  • Cross Stitch – Usually used for decoration, but may also be used for seams.
  • Darning Stitch – Repairing holes or worn areas in fabric or knitting.
  • Embroidery Stitch – 1 or more stitches forming a figure of recognisable look.
  • Pad Stitch – Secures 2 or more layers of fabric together and provide firmness.
  • Running Stitch – Hand Stitch for seams and gathering.
  • Slip Stitch – Hand stitch for fastening 2 pieces of fabric together from right without showing thread.
  • Tent Stitch – Diagonal embroidery stitch at a 45 degree angle.
  • Topstitch –  Used on garment edges such as necklines and hems, helps facings stay in place and gives a crisp edge.
  • Whipstitch – For protecting edges.

List of Machine stiches

  • Chain Stitch –  Made with 1 thread.
  • Lock Stitch – Made with 2 threads in any of these geometries.
    – Straight Stitch
    – Zigzag Stitch (including blind stitch)
    -Stretch Stitch
  • Overlock – Made with 1 to 4 threads.
  • Cover Stitch – Made with 2 or 4 threads.
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