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Satin Stitch

| This stitch is best for: Filling in a design

The satin stitch is a popular stitch used in embroidery to fill in larger areas of a design with a smooth and shiny finish. It is often used for lettering, flower petals, and other designs that require a smooth, even surface.

How to do the Satin Stitch

  1. Start the stitch: Bring your needle up through the fabric at the starting edge of your design.
  2. Stitch forward: Insert the needle back into the fabric at a point away from your starting edge (usually the other edge of the design). This should create a straight stitch from one edge to the other edge.
  3. Stitch backward: Insert the needle from the back of the fabric just beside the point you made in Step 1 on the starting edge of your design.
  4. Repeat: Continue stitching in this way (Steps 2-3), always keeping the stitches close together and parallel to each other, until you have filled in the entire area you want to cover.
  5. End the stitch: When you have completed your design, finish your last stitch by bringing the needle back down through the fabric and tying a knot at the end of the thread.


  • Practice on a scrap piece of fabric before starting your project to get a feel for the stitch.
  • Keep your stitches evenly spaced for a smooth appearance. The stitches should be parallel to each other and be mindful to avoid gaps or overlaps between stitches.
  • Use a hoop or frame to keep the fabric taut while stitching to prevent puckering and avoid pulling the thread too tightly as this can cause the fabric to pucker or the stitches to appear distorted.
  • Use a satin stitch in combination with other stitches, such as backstitch or stem stitch, to create more complex designs.
  • Experiment with different numbers of strands to create different effects. Be mindful of the direction of the stitches, as they can affect the texture and appearance of the finished piece.