11 Facts about embroidery stitch types


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Bean stitches: A bean stitch is a running stitch that goes from point A to point B and from point B back to point A.

Fill Stitch: A fill stitch is used to cover a large area in a design. Fill stitches can be aligned to create patterns or they can change direction to provide different effects from within the design.

Running Stitch: Running stitches are single line stitches which run one stitch between two needle penetration point. A running stitch goes from point A to point B. They are used for very fine detail and also for underlay.

Satin Stitch: Satin stitches are nothing more than zigzag stitches   stitched very closely together. A satin stitch can range in thickness from just over 1mm to usually a maximum of 10mm. Satin stitch is usually used for lettering and some details in a design.

Jump Stitch: Moving from a point to another within the frame without stitching.

Lock stitch consists of several consecutive stitches of at least a 10-point movement. It should be used at the end of all columns, fills and at the end of any element in your design where jump stitches will follow, such as color changes or the end of a design. It is the type of stitch formed by the hook and needle of sewing machines, as well as computerized embroidery machines.

Outline: Running, double or bean stitch used to define embroidery details in designs.

Trimming: Operation in the finishing process that involves trimming jump stitches and backing on the top and reverse sides of the cloth.

Connected Stitches: There are some jump stitches which are not trimmed if they are too small.

Underlay: Used under the regular stitching in a design to stabilize the design if the material is very stretchy, providing stability to the fabric.   Underlay is normally a set of running stitches of light density placed in the opposite direction that the stitching will go.

Compensation:  Digitizing technique used to counteract the distortion caused by the interaction of the needle, thread, backing and machine tensions.