SATIN STITCH



Outline the shape for satin stitching

Outline the shape for satin stitching

Satin stitch is a good way of sealing the edges of a project or filling in a space in embroidery, for example a leaf or a flower.  It is basically a zig zag stitch but with the stitches right next to each other rather than spaced out.

It is possible to mark out the area for satin stitching with a fabric marker pen, but I think that it gives a much neater finish if you edge the area with a small running stitch.

 

Satin stitch from right to left

Satin stitch from right to left

 

Beginning from one side of the shape to be satin stitched, push the needle into the fabric at the bottom of the shape and bring it out at the top.  Then push it in at the bottom again very slightly to the left of the first stitch and bring it out at the top slightly to the left.

 

Use your thumb to flatten the satin stitching

Use your thumb to flatten the satin stitching

Fill the area with satin stitching

Fill the area with satin stitching

 

Continue working across the fabric with stitches close together.  Use your thumb to flatten the satin stitches so that the shape lies flat.

 

 

Satin stitched gift label

Satin stitched gift label

Satin stitched by hand

Satin stitched by hand

The gift label on the left was satin stitched by machine.  Just set your machine to wide zigzag with very small stitch length.  The sprinbok on the right was satin stitched by hand – many years ago when my eldest son Ben went to South Africa on a rugby tour.

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