Two ways to chain stitch

Chain stitch is a fun hand embroidery stitch that can be used to follow a curve and can even be used to fill in a space! Did you know that there are two ways to accomplish chain stitch? Both achieve the same effect; the "right" version is whichever version works best for you! In this post, I'll review both ways with step-by-step instructions; feel free to scroll to the bottom of this post for a video tutorial, if it's easier for you to learn that way!


Regular Chain Stitch


Step 1: Bring your needle through your fabric.


Step 2: Bring your needle back down through the hole you just created, leaving a loop.


Step 3: Bring your needle back up through your fabric, inside of the loop.


Step 4: Pull your floss, closing your loop.


Step 5: Bring your needle back down through the hole you just made, inside of the tightened loop. Once again, leave a loop as you pull.


Step 6: Bring your needle back up through your fabric, inside of the loop from the previous step.


Step 7: Pull your floss, closing your second loop.


Step 8: Repeat these steps until you're finished with your line. To secure your last chain stitch, bring your needle down through the fabric by going over your last loop.


Here's what your line of chain stitch will look like once you're finished!


Reverse Chain Stitch


Step 1: Start by making a single, short straight stitch.


Step 2: Bring your needle up through your fabric and then weave it underneath your initial straight stitch, without piercing the floss or the fabric.


Step 3: Bring your needle back down through the hole you just made and pull. This is your first chain stitch.


Step 4: Bring your needle back up through the fabric and weave your needle underneath your first chain stitch; again, make sure you aren't piercing the floss or the fabric at this stage.


Step 5: Bring your needle back down through the hole you just made and pull. This is your second chain stitch.


Step 6: Continue stitching until you're finished with your line of reverse chain stitch.


And that's it! If you're unsure which method works best for you, my best advice is to try both and see what feels best! As promised here's a short video tutorial where I take you through these two ways to chain stitch:



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