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How To Embroider A Chain Stitch

This step by step tutorial will show you how to embroider a chain stitch, a basic and fundamental embroidery stitch that everyone should learn. It looks a lot more complicated than it actually is and is relatively simple and easy to do, which makes it perfect for beginner!

For this example, I am using perle cotton thread. If you’re a beginner just starting out, this type of thread is great for learning because the strands are braided and won’t separate or get tangled while you’re stitching.

What is a chain stitch used for?

Although it is technically an outline stitch, which is normally used for decorative outlines, borders and embroidering letters, you can get creative and use the chain stitch in more unconventional ways too. Repurpose it to fill in large areas that you want to add more texture to. Instead of using a fill stitch like the satin stitch, you could use it to embroider flower petals.

If you enjoy this tutorial, check out this page that features even more embroidery stitches to learn.

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Chain Stitch – Step By Step

Time needed: 5 minutes.

How To Embroider a Chain Stitch

  1. Step One – Starting

    Come up through the fabric with your needle and thread.
    Then take your needle back down the first hole you came up through and up a little in front of that first stitch, grabbing the fabric.
    Wrap the thread around the tip of the needle. step one of how to do a chain stitch

  2. Step 2

    Pull the thread through. This will form a loop.step 2

  3. Step 3

    Repeat this process until you’ve reached the desired length. step 3 chain stitch

  4. Step 4 – How to End a Chain Stitch

    To finish the stitch, go back down through the fabric at the top of the last loop you make.step 4