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Stem Stitch

Stem stitch is a great way to create smooth, flowing lines. It's perfect for stitching plants or vines, and works well on lettering, too.
Instructions (given in video):
  1. Start with a simple, single running stitch.
  2. Bring your needle up halfway back along your previous stitch - and just slightly to the side.
  3. Then, put your needle back through a stitch length away, on the guide line - so that it's a little diagonal.
  4. Repeat! Bring the needle up halfway back and just to the side of the previous stitch...and go back through right on the guideline. 

As you can see, it can sometimes take a few stitches for it to really come together, so if it looks strange after only 2 or 3 stitches, then persevere - it should start to flow!

If you've got any questions, add them below and I'll get back to you as soon as I can!
Sammy Bishop

Sammy Bishop

Sammy is the Founder and owner of Paraffle. She set Paraffle up as a side-venture whilst she was completing her PHD. After finishing her PHD, running Paraffle is now her full time hobby and job!

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