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Types of Embroidery Stitches Every Sewist Needs to Know

Do you know there are more than 100 types of embroidery? Every sewist knows about three to five types of embroidery. If you want to improve your embroidery skills to have more fun and earn more money, sewing machine buffs can help you learn about different types of embroidery stitches.

To learn all these sewing stitch types, you need patience and practice.

Before you learn all these embroidery stitch types, let us know a little about them.

Types of Embroidery Stitches Every Sewist Needs to Know


Running Stitch

It is the most basic stitch type that almost all sewers know.

This stitch is commonly used to create an outline of a design.

This stitch type can create anything from a basic stitch to embroidery.

Running stitch is also known by the name straight stitch.

This embroidery stitch is mostly required in hand-sewing and tailoring to stitch some basic seams, hems, and gathers.

It can also be used for quilting to hold the fabric layer. 

Watch this You Tube video to see how to do a running stitch.


The backstitch is a very thin line stitch used to outline a design before filling it up with a satin stitch.

This stitch type can also be a base stitch for many composite stitches.

You can also use this stitch to add fine details to your embroidery work.


Stem Stitch

The stem stitch can be easily used if you want to create a design that involves embroidering a flower stem.

This is a beginner-friendly stitch type and doesn’t require too many skills or practice.

This stitch type also creates an outline for other embroidery stitches.

You can also use this type to create curved and straight lines.

Lazy Daisy Stitch

The lazy daisy stitch type is often used to create flower and petal designs.

This stitch design is not made continuously.

To create the design, sewers make loops and then create a small stitch at the end of the loop.

At the end of stitching, you will get an image of a daisy petal.

lazy dazy


Seed Stitch

The seed stitch is a subtype of a running stitch.

Many embroiders call this rice stitch.

When doing this stitch, ensure that the knits and purls will never attack each other.

The little purl bumps that this embroidery will create a technique and pattern that will look like rice.

Herringbone Stitch

The herringbone is one of the most versatile stitch types.

It is most commonly used to stitch and hem garments.

The herringbone stitch is also known by the name catch stitch or plaited stitch.

If you want to create a herringbone stitch, you must draw a parallel line to ensure that you get an even stitch between the stitching.

herringbone stitch

Detached Chain Stitch

The detached chain stitch is the perfect type to create a daisy flower-like pattern or any other flower-like embroidery.

It is a looped embroidery stitch type that is a subtype of chain stitch.

The shape of the embroidery looks like a teardrop.

If you want to create motifs, no other stitch type can be as good as the detached chain stitch type.

Fly Stitch

The result of the fly stitch will look much like a flying bird once you complete the embroidery perfectly.

The fly stitch is created similarly to a detached chain stitch.

But, instead of creating a petal or flower-like structure, you must make a V-shaped structure or a soft curve.

fly stitch

Woven Wheel Stitch

The single-name stitch is also known as the woven wheel stitch.

This is one of the most amazing embroidery stitches you will ever learn.

The stitch will create a rose-like embroidery.

The embroidery may look complicated to create, but it is one of the easiest stitch types you will learn instantly.

All must do is to create numerous stitches that are bundled in a circle and create a bloomed rose flower.

Couching Stitch

The most important point you must know about the couching stitch is that the technique uses two strands of thread simultaneously.

One strand of the thread remains on the fabric’s surface, while the other strand tackles the stitching process.

couching stitch

Blanket Stitching

The blankest stitching is used to create borders, decorative lines, and an edge to your embroidery.

This is one of the basic stitches created along the fabric’s sides.

Since you know about all these stitch types, you can try to learn any of these as per your interest.

To know which machine can be used to create this embroidery, visit your local craft store.

Let us know if you want to know about more embroidery stitch types.

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