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How to Stitch a Threaded Backstitch or Running Stitch – video

How to Sew Threaded Backstitch or Running Stitch - a video tutorial from Shiny Happy World

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Here’s an easy way to fancy-up a basic outline stitch. Try it with two colors of thread like I show in the video – it’s a fun look!

Happy stitching!

Take a look at this video showing how to sew a whipped running stitch or backstitch for a slightly different look.



  1. Thank you so much!
    It´ s a great explication
    I love embroidering and sewing
    Hugs from Spain

  2. I never think of doing cute stuff like this stitch! Thanks!

  3. You have really good explanations. I really like your suggestion of using a tapestry needle.

  4. Hi Wendi – how do you finish/tie off these super cute threaded stitches?

    • The same way I would finish off any other stitching – it doesn’t require any special handling. You can see a video at wendigratz(dot)blogspot(dot)com/2011/08/how-to-tie-off-thread-on-back-of-your(dot)html