7 Basic Embroidery Stitches

We want to provide techniques and tips for sewing and stitching experts as well as amateurs. In today’s post, we will discuss some of the most common embroidery stitches for fabrics and upholstery. If you master these basic embroidery stiches you will be ready to sew beautiful crafts and décor on your own.



To complete a back stitch, bring the sewing needle up from the back and pull through. Then take a stitch back and pull the thread through. Then make another stitch through the front and insert the needle at the beginning of the previous stitch. Repeat this with the stitches as long or as short as you want. The back stitch is the perfect embroidery stitch for outlining designs and motifs.


You first need to create a back stitch using the technique above. Then put the needle into the middle of the previous stitch and split the threads. Then pull the thread through and repeat. This is a more decorative version of the back stitch.


Once again, you will need to sew a back stitch using our instructions from above. Now bring the needle halfway up next to this stitch. Then take another stitch to the front and repeat the stitch. Always bring the thread up next to the previous stitch. This type of embroidery stitch is perfect for curved stitching and flower stems.


Bring the thread up from the back and insert the needle back into the fabric. Then bring the needle back to the top and pull the thread through. Ensure the thread is running under the needle then gently create a looped chain stitch. Insert the needle next to the thread within the loop and repeat the process. This is a good stitch for decorative outlines.


Bring the thread up from the back and then make a stitch to the right. Then pull through and ensure the thread is running under the needle. Continue and create neat even stitches. You will use this stitch for appliques and edging.


First, start with a basic straight stitch. Then create a second stitch next to the first that is slightly longer than the first one. Continue creating stitches next to the last one you created and rotate from one side to the other. Repeat this process until your design is filled. This is perfect for filling smaller designs and projects.


Bring the thread up from the back. Then firmly wrap or twist the thread around the needle once. Plunge the needle back into the fabric and then slowly pull it through. Repeat this process as many times as necessary to create decorative accents on the fabric.

These techniques and embroidery stitches are necessary for the most basic crafts and sewing and stitching projects and the first step in learning more advanced techniques. Before too long you will be able to stitch the most beautiful fabrics and designs for your home and for gifts too!