Satin Stitch

Also known as: Damask Stitch

Satin stitch has a very easy procedure. What is difficult in this stitch is to maintain the neatness, especially on the sides of the pattern that is being filled. So, very often, a satin stitch is outlined using one of the straight stitches like the split stitch, the outline stitch, back stitch, chain stitch, or any other similar stitches of your choice.This helps in containing the satin stitch within the parameters of the pattern or motif easily.

Also, when doing a satin stitch, we have to make sure the stitches are not pulled too tightly as it will distort the fabric. Keeping it too lose will sag the stitch. To avoid these two conditions, it will be advisable to use an embroidery ring to hold the fabric tight. When the fabric is taut, the satin stitch will be easier to do.

Another thing to keep in mind is not to keep this stitch too long. If your pattern happens to be big, you can divide it into smaller sections and each section can be filled with shorter satin stitches. Else, opt for another stitch from the satin stitch family which will help you to fill larger areas or patterns. These include the brick stitch, encroaching satin stitch, and long and short stitch.

I will be demonstrating over an area between two stitch lines, without any outline stitch.

Fig 1: Bring the needle out through A and put it in through B. So, that makes a stitch which covers a small area between the stitch lines. Fig 2: Now, bring the needle back through C, a point very close to A. Continue this action over the two stitch lines.
Fig 3: Once finished, the area is filled as shown above. You will be spending as much thread on the reverse side as you do on the actual side of the fabric.
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71 Responses

  1. Amutha United States Google Chrome Windows says:

    Is there any book or ebook available if so can you please share the name of he same.

  2. Jan Achey Mozilla Windows says:

    I am not very good with satin stitch, but I am trying. I have come upon a small 1/2″ wheel and I don’t know how to do it. I can’t get my stitches to radiate around the circle as they should. Any suggestions would be so appreciated.
    Thank you,
    Jan Achey

  3. hcclds United States Safari iPad says:

    I’ve been wondering about how you go about outlining portions of satin stitch that are next to each other. Would you do the outline first, then work within that with satin stitch, or fill in with satin stitch then outline that section, covering the edge of where the satin stitch entered/exited the fabric? If I’m not being clear, feel free to email me. Thanks!

    • sarah India Google Chrome Windows says:

      Though either way might be ok, I would strongly suggest that you do the outlining first. This makes sure that the satin stitches sit neatly and held within the outlines. Also, you would not have to adjust your outlining according to the satin stitches, in case it spills over the pattern.
      Hope this helps.

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