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If you want to do hand embroidery, you really need to know how to backstitch.
The backstitch is probably THE most common outline stitch. It gives a nice, smooth, continuous line. If you’re going to be stitching tight curves make sure to use a shortish stitch length. Otherwise, just use a stitch length you’re comfortable with and try to stay consistent.
Ready to learn it? It’s easy.
Now that you’ve seen how to backstitch, you’ll want to practice!
Here’s a free cat embroidery pattern, stitched entirely with backstitch.
It’s so versatile! Use it any time a pattern calls for a simple line.
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