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How to Work the Running Stitch
Working the Running Stitch

Working the Running Stitch

© Cheryl C. Fall, Licensed to About.com

The Running Stitch is one of the most basic stitches, and is usually the first stitch learned by the beginner embroidery or sewing enthusiast.

This stitch can be worked in straight or curved lines, or for assembly when finishing an embroidery project.

Variations of the embroidery version of this stitch include the whipped running stitch, laced running stitch, as well as a few dozen others. Running stitch is also the basic stitch used for darning stitches, wiith the straight stitches arranged in patterned rows.

To work the running stitch, insert your needle through the back side of the fabric at your starting point.

Next, weave the needle in and out of the fabric, taking several evenly-spaced stitches.

Pull the needle through and repeat to the end of the stitching area.

A similar version of this stitch is used for sashiko embroidery. See the diagram of the sashiko stitch for more information.

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