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How to do a Running Stitch

Learning how to do a running stitch is, I think, the easiest place to start learning how to embroider.  When I think of a running stitch, I always think of that scene in Cinderella where the mice are sewing the dress with the giant needle.  Anyone else know what I’m talking about?  Something random that stands out from my childhood, I guess.  Anyway, I love the running stitch for the classic “handmade” touch that it adds to any project.  It can be a practical way to stitch two pieces of fabric together, appliqué a design, or just add a little embellishment to your work.

How to do a Running Stitch

Learning how to do a running stitch is very simple.  Just bring your needle up at 1and down at 2. Repeat at even intervals. Try to keep the length between your stitches about the same length as the space between them.  If you notice you are coming to the end of your line, you can gradually make your stitches smaller or closer together to compensate for the space. 

how to do a running stitch

I know that’s hard to understand with just a photo, so I made a video that explains it all.  Watch it on my YouTube channel or just press the play button below.

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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.

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Laura

Tuesday 21st of May 2019

Thank you for all your embroidery stitches guide videos! They are so easy to follow, I've learned a lot with this video series.

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