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Hand Back Stitch Embroidery How-To

So you want to learn how to back stitch.  The back stitch is easily one of the most important hand embroidery stitches.

What is back stitch embroidery used for?

It is great for outlining shapes, making lines, and stitching letters.  It’s also one of the easiest stitches to learn.

How to Back Stitch

Why is it called back stitch?

You start a back stitch just like you would a running stitch.  Instead of moving forward with your second stitch, you move back to meet the end of the previous stitch.  That is why it is called a back stitch.

What is the difference between a running stitch and a back stitch?

A running stitch creates a broken line of small stitches.  A back stitch creates a solid line of small stitches that touch.

Starting a Hand Back Stitch

Start a back stitch by simply tying a knot at the end of your thread.  If you’re more advanced you can try one of these no-knot methods.  Start by making a small stitch forward (similar to a running stitch), then instead of going forward, you make another stitch backward to where the previous stitch ended.

How to Back Stitch by Hand

  1. Bring needle up at 1 and down at 2.
  2. Bring needle up at 3 and back down at 1.
How to Back Stitch

Back Stitch by Hand Video

I’m a visual learner, so seeing a video is much easier for me to how to back stitch from.  Head over to my YouTube channel or click the play button below to learn this easy embroidery stitch.

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Learn all of these other embroidery stitches by making this stitch guide sampler with me. It’s a great way to practice and a nice reference to have while you are reading other embroidery patterns.

embroidery stitches

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To watch all of the videos in this series, including some basic embroidery tips, go to my YouTube channel here. I’ll walk you through the entire process and make it super easy for you.

Easy Patterns for Learning How to Back Stitch

Can’t Touch This Pattern from Flamingo Toes

Ice Cream Cone Mandala from The Spruce Crafts

Camera Embroidery Pattern from Cutesy Crafts

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