For the n00bs: even though there's a lot of fancy, cool stitches out there... I've been finding most people who embroider end up using a lot of standard ones. Myself, I use primarily split stitch, back stitch, and satin stitch. Mind, I wouldn't call myself an expert or anything, but I tried for a while to see just how many stitches I could use... I still learn all the fancy ones, but in my actual embroider, I use mostly those three.