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How To Embroider A Stem Stitch

The stem stitch is a decorative outline stitch in embroidery that forms a rope like line. It’s a great beginner friendly embroidery stitch to learn, and it’s really nice to use for embroidering letters or borders. Here’s a step by step guide on how to embroider a stem stitch.

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Time needed: 5 minutes.

How To Embroider a Stem Stitch

  1. Step 1

    Come up through the back of the fabric and then take your needle back down through the fabric, but come up halfway between the initial stitch and the 2nd hole your needle made.
    I like to think of this a grabbing a little piece of fabric with my needle.
    Pull the thread to embroider a stem stitch step 1

  2. Step 2

    Repeat this until you’ve reached the desired length. Make sure to keep the thread to one side the entire time. Otherwise the stitches will not twist in a uniform way.stem stitch step by step

  3. Step 3

    Here is the completed stem stitchstem stitch embroidery