Running Stitch

Also known as: Straight Stitch

This stitch is done by running the needle and thread up and down the cloth at a regular distance

The length of the stitch on the front side can vary than that on the underside. Usually, there is more thread shown on the front than the underside in a running stitch. Yet, to get the beauty of the stitch, I would suggest to try to keep the length of the stitches on the front side and underside as same as possible.
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  1. Adrienne Google Chrome Windows says:

    Sarah,
    I love your website and have tried a number of stitches. Do you have suggestions for keeping stitch length even, particularly with running stitches? Thank you, and keep posting!

  2. arnisa Malaysia Google Chrome  2014817 Build/KTU84P) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/36.0.1985.135 Mobile Safari/537.36 says:

    Thanks Sara. Good sharing. I like this blog

  3. Greg Stewart Google Chrome Mac OS says:

    Hi Sarah,
    I am so glad that I found your website. I am wanting to do my own version of a “Year in Stitches” where I will work on a blank canvas and do random stitches every day.
    I want to do this to get better at my embroidery stitches.
    I have a huge favor- can you suggest how you would go about choosing the stitches because I want them to be in a progressive order and build upon each other.

    Thank you so much!

    Greg

  4. Hope United States Chrome for iOS iPhone says:


    Here’s My running sampler – with some french knots for fun.

  5. Deniece Sikes United States Google Chrome  en-us says:

    I am looking for the chicken scratch pattern for a colonial girl. Can you help?

  6. Rienda United States Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Here is the picture.

  7. Rienda United States Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Hi Sarah,
    I thought a sampler of some of my favorite stitches would be interesting, so I made one. It’s not the best, but maybe not too, too bad. Stitches used are: diamond eyelet, God’s eye, twisted chain, bullion knot, whipped spider wheel, levithian, back stitch, straight stitch, lazy daisy, french knot and running stitch. I hope the picture is good enough to distinguish them.

    God bless you for what you are doing for so many.
    Rienda

    Picture is not loading. I’ll have to try again.

  8. manohari Sri Lanka Google Chrome Windows says:

    your tutorials really helped me.please,show us basic sewing on
    seams and techniques.

  9. riya United States Google Chrome Windows says:

    Hi Sarah,
    Thanks a lot for this wonderful site….i m a beginner in embroidery and you made it really interesting and easy to learn…good job..!!!

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