Back Stitch is another of the basic embroidery stitches that you should learn at the beginning like the running stitch. A strong durable backstitch will even eliminate the need for sewing in a machine too.
It is just backward stitch that you will be working from beneath the hoop. Essentially, it’s like driving a car backward. You move forward the line under the surface of your hoop. But on the surface of the fabric, your needle is moving backward.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED?
- Any fabric.
- Embroidery hoop, 15cm (6″) (Bigger if you are working on a larger design) ( You can purchase a set of 6 hoops from Amazon for your basic needs.)
- Tapestry needle
- Embroidery thread (You can buy this pack of 36 shades of the DMC embroidery floss.)
HOW MANY STRANDS OF FLOSS SHOULD I USE FOR MAKING THE BACK STITCH?
In basic embroidery patterns, you will need all 6 strands of floss. But if you are making an outline for a pattern, you can start with 3 strands. You can also use normal thread if you want to mend your clothes.
Step by Step Photo process of working a back stitch
- Bring the needle up at point A as shown in the image above. Pull the thread up and take it down at your desired length at point B. This is just like a straight stitch.
- Once, we have made the straight stitch, it’s time to work on the back stitch from here. After taking the needle down at point B.
- bring the needle up again at desired length at point C from below.
- Take it down at point B again. You will work in reverse for this stitch.
- Work in the same way for the rest of the design. Bringing the needle up at desired length from below and taking down the thread at the precious stitch.
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What is this stitch used for?
- It is perfect for making all sorts of lines and outlines. You will find it very commonly used in most of the embroidery designs.
- If you want to mend your torn clothes, then this is a perfect stitch for me. It is strong and doesn’t tear off easily.
- The back stitch is generally not used as a filler for a pattern. But with little creativity, you can also add this stitch to fill your design.
Check out the video below for the back stitch tutorial
So until next time,
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