The running stitch is an easy hand sewing stitch that can be used in many projects, it can also be used to gather fabric.
A smaller running stitch can also be used for embroidery and appliques.
You can also do a back stitch by hand. Click here to learn how.
If you want straight and even stitching, dot the fabric with a disappearing ink fabric marker or mark a piece of tape.
Knot the thread.
Start the stitch by going through the back of the fabric. Push the needle back through the fabric to create one stitch. Continue to come in and out of the fabric.
You can also vary the stitch length and make the stitches different sizes on the front and back.
The running stitch is often used for basting. This is a temporary stitch that is meant to hold fabric together before the final stitching. Use a large stitch and it doesn’t have to look neat since it will be removed.
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