How To Do The Stem Stitch

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 on needlecraft projects.

How to Do The Stem Stitch

stem stitch tutorial

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 through.

stem stitch step by step

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 embroidery

Here is the completed stem stitch