1. Home

What's the Difference Between Stem Stitch and Outline Stitch?

By

What's the Difference Between Stem Stitch and Outline Stitch?

Stem Stitch Versus Outline Stitch

© Cheryl C. Fall, Licensed to About.com
Question: What's the Difference Between Stem Stitch and Outline Stitch?
I have seen projects in older embroidery books calling for outline stitch instead of stem stitch, but they look alike to me. What's the difference between them?
Answer:

Not much, actually!

These stitches are both worked in the same manner. The only real difference between them is that the stem stitch is worked with the working thread placed below the needle, and outline stitch is worked having the working thread placed above the needle.

Stem stitch and outline stitch can be used interchangeably.

  1. About.com
  2. Home
  3. Embroidery
  4. Getting Started with Embroidery
  5. Frequently Asked Questions
  6. Stem Stitch Versus Outline Stitch - The Difference Between Stem Stitch and Outline Stitch

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.