Running Stitch

The running stitch is a dashed line of hand stitches. It can be used decoratively or to temporarily hold fabrics in place, such as sewing a transfer paper or stabilizer to the fabric or hand basting a garment before the final stitching is sewn.

A 1/4 inch running stitch.

1 If this is your first time doing a running stitch or you want to ensure precision, you may want to mark your line with a washable pencil or marker. Use a ruler for exact measurements. Alternatively, an “imperfect” line can give a decorative running stitch an artistic appeal.

2 Start by pushing the needle from the bottom of the fabric through to the top at one end of the line of stitches. Personally, I prefer to work top to bottom or bottom to top, but if you prefer to work side to side, that is fine as well.

3 Next, place the needle at the end of the first dash, sending it back to the bottom of the fabric.

4 Repeat on all subsequent dashes. Push the needle through one end of the dash and then…

5 These stitches are 1/4 of an inch long, but you may do them
according to preference or a pattern’s instructions.

Stitch Sampler T-Shirt

Learning to embroider made me curious about all things embroidery, which turned into a greater appreciation for embroidery and other embellishments incorporated into apparel design.

I wanted to try it for myself, but I wasn’t sure how it would go. So I decided to start with a basic white t-shirt I bought at Michael’s craft store. I had seen enough examples of others stitching their clothes (primarily on Instagram) to know that I needed to back the stretchy fabric with a stabilizer to help keep it sturdy in the hoop. Unlike a woven fabric, you shouldn’t pull a stretchy knit taut in the hoop. You will permanently stretch the garment and that’s just not desirable.

I also didn’t want to stress over the design in case my first attempt wasn’t great. So I settled on stitching lines of basic stitches around the V-neckline.

From closest to the neckline out: running stitch, back stitch, chain stitch, arrowhead stitch, fly stitch with tails connected, feather stitch

When I finished stitching, it was time to wash the washable stabilizer away. I tossed it in a mesh bag and threw it in the washing machine. Unfortunately, there were stains. I had forgotten to test the floss to see if it would bleed. I took a chance and put some Shout on the stain and tossed it back in the mesh bag and into the wash. The stain came out!

Here’s the finished look: