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How to Stem Stitch

If you want to learn how to stem stitch, you’ve come to the right place.  The stem stitch is one of my favorite stitches.  When you do other outline stitches, you can tell that they are multiple stitches in a row.  This one gives the illusion that it’s all one long line.  It’s great for outlining shapes or making stems on flowers.

How to Stem Stitch

For the first stitch only, bring needle up at 1 and down at 2. Bring needle up at 3 (between 1 and 2). For all following stitches,  bring needle down at 4, and back up at 2. Make sure needle comes up on the same side of stitch every time.

How to Stem Stitch

Rather than try to explain with words and pictures, I made a nice little video to show you how to stem stitch.  There’s no better way to explain it!  Watch it by clicking the video below or head over to my YouTube channel.

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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.

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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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