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33 Useful Embroidery Stitches

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Basic embroidery stitches are the building blocks of any embroidery project. Starting off your embroidery journey by practicing different embroidery stitches will give you the foundation you need in future embroidery projects.

Wondering how to do embroidery stitches? Or where and what to begin with? Here, we have compiled for you a roundup of basic embroidery stitches that you will be bound to come across when venturing into embroidery. Even if you have a sewing machine, there may be times when a pattern calls for some hand embroidery. This list may then come in handy for you.

Basic embroidery stitches are the building blocks of any embroidery project. Starting off by practicing these basic embroidery stitches to have a strong foundation.

If you are a complete beginner and you need more information on the basics of sewing, for instance, starting and ending threads, choice of materials, etc. this how to hand sew for beginners and this beginner embroidery post will both be super helpful for you.

They cover the basics such as:

  • Essential tools & equipment;
  • How to start and end sewing by threading and tying the thread;
  • Some basic hand stitches you’ll need to know;
  • The most common types of fabric and;
  • Basic sewing accessories you should have.

A sewing machine is definitely useful in sewing the completed embroidery project into something wonderful. This guide on choosing the right sewing machine for you is worth a read if you have yet to own your own sewing machine and don’t know where to start.


1. How many types of embroidery stitches do I need to learn?

Considering there are nearly 300 different embroidery stitches, there is no set minimum requirement for getting started. Depending on the project, some embroidery designs may require you to learn a new stitch. Even the most basic embroidery projects might require the use of five different types of stitches.

Embroidery, like so many other things in life, is best viewed as a process of gradual knowledge acquisition. It’s never going to end! Begin by learning the basic embroidery stitches on this list and work your way up.

2. What are basic embroidery stitches?

The basic embroidery stitches are stitches that are the head of a stitch family. They define the characteristics of a stitch family. A stitch family is a collection of stitches that, despite initially appearing to be very diverse, all share the same characteristic.

Running stitch, cross stitch, stem stitch, backstitch, satin stitch, chain stitch, and blanket stitch are some of the basic embroidery stitches.

3. What are the easiest and most popular hand embroidery stitches?

The easiest embroidery stitch would be the running stitch. It’s simply a series of straight stitches done in a line and can be used for hand embroidery or hand sewing. The second easiest stitch would be the backstitch.

The most popular hand embroidery stitch, on the other hand, would be the satin stitch. This is because it can be used to fill areas with color, and it is frequently used in both machine and hand embroidery.

4. What are the supplies needed for embroidery?

It doesn’t take a lot of supplies to start an embroidery project. What you need are mainly:
1. Embroidery needles
Sizes 1-10 are used for most patterns.

2. Embroidery floss (embroidery thread)

3. Embroidery (small) scissors
Small scissors are most suitable for delicate artwork like embroidery.

4. Fabric
Lower thread count fabrics are ideal for embroidery projects because they allow the needle to easily pass through the fabric. Cotton, linen, muslin, flour sack, and aida are examples of fabrics with a lower thread count.

5. Embroidery hoop
This hoop keeps your fabric taut so you can operate on it easily.

What’s Next:

  • Start sewing and share your completed DIY tote bag on Facebook and/or Instagram. Remember to tag us @craftpassion so that we can see them.
  • Pin it to Pinterest for a future To-Sew List.
  • Share with your sewing groups for a sew-along event.
  • Browse more free sewing patterns to make, especially sewing bags and purses, where you can corporate some embroidery design to the plain fabric.

33 Useful Embroidery Stitches To Master

Here is a roundup of free basic embroidery stitches that every beginner can use as a guide. The more essential embroidery stitches are at the top of the list, with more uncommon basic stitches or variations at the bottom.

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