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« on: March 13, 2006 05:15:45 PM »

Are there any tricks to mastering the stem stitch?  I can't seem to make it look ok.  No matter what I've tried to do, the stitches never look equal or properly spaced.  Is it just a matter of practice?
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« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2006 05:58:40 AM »

I use stem stitch almost exclusively, and I would say that practice is pretty darned essential.  However, one of my keys to success is not to pull the stitch tight until you have brought the next stitch back up to the front of the fabric.  That way, you can choose the location for the start of the next stitch without working too hard at dodging the last one.   Also, you might try introducing the new stitch a little off-center in the line of stitching, thereby causing tension between the stitches, which will make your line look more integrated.

Hope that makes sense?  Keep it up!
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2006 10:58:42 PM »

yes, that DID make sense, and I practiced today and it is getting a little better...your suggestions helped! thanks a lot  Grin
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