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« on: March 31, 2011 04:02:35 AM »

Hi everyone, I'm new to embroidery, I just started a few weeks ago.  I saw an ad for Sublime Stitching and fell in love.  I've read some books and I've mastered the french not and many other stitches, except the stem stitch.  I don't quite know what I'm doing wrong but I just can't get it to run along the line.  I've been practicing it, but any tips will be greatly appreciated.  I've been doing all my outlining in back and split stitches but would really like to expand. Thanks!

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« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2011 06:51:20 AM »

All I can say is that when I do a stem stitch I bring the needle up through the fabric on the extreme left side f the line and then put it back down through the fabric on the extreme right side of the line. Then on the next stitch I bring the needle up through the fabric on the extreme left side of the line approx 1/2-2/3 up the previous stitch, making sure to keep the previous stitch to the right of my new one. The left to right angle is slight enough that the stitch above will push the lower stitch slightly to the right.

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« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2011 02:24:08 PM »

I usually take the needle up in the same hole as the end of the previous stitch, right on the line. (I think technically it's the difference between stem stitch and crewel stitch - one looks like back stitch on the back, the other has gaps - both are great stitches, just try and see which one works best for you. Smiley)

Make sure you're always holding your thread on the same side of the line (usually to the outside of the curve, but the most important thing is that it's always to the same side). Don't pull it too tight, and if you're going round a sharp curve, you need to make your stitches short enough to sit nicely.

Hope that's helpful! Feel free to PM or post a pic if you want some more suggestions. I'll look forward to seeing what you're creating Smiley
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