Types of machine stitchesEdit
Types of hand stitchesEdit
- Back tack – backward stitch to anchor tacking or basting
- Backstitch – sturdy hand stitch for seams and decoration
- Basting stitch (US) – for reinforcement or for temporarily holding fabric in place (same as tacking stitch)
- Blanket stitch – used to finish an unhemmed blanket
- Blind stitch (or hemstitch) – type of slip stitch used for inconspicuous hem
- Buttonhole stitch – for reinforcing buttonholes and preventing cut fabric from raveling
- Chain stitch – hand or machine stitch for seams or decoration
- Cross-stitch – usually used for decoration, but may also be used for seams
- Catch stitch (also 'flat' and 'blind' -catch stitch) – flat looped stitch used in hemming
- Darning stitch – for repairing holes or worn areas in fabric or knitting
- Embroidery stitch – one or more stitches forming a figure of recognizable appearance
- Hemstitch (Hemming stitch) – decorative technique for embellishing the hem of clothing or household linens
- Overcast stitch – used to enclose a raw, or unfinished, seam or edge
- Pad stitch – secures two or more layers of fabric together and provide firmness
- Pick stitch – hand stitch that catches only a few threads on the wrong side of the fabric, difficult to produce nicely so typically used for hemming high quality garments
- Running stitch – hand stitch for seams and gathering
- Sailmaker's stitch – may refer to any of the hand stitches used for stitching canvas sails, including the flat stitch, round stitch, baseball stitch, herringbone stitch.
- Slip stitch – form of blind stitch for fastening two pieces of fabric together from the right side without the thread showing
- Stoating – used to join two pieces of woven material, such that the resulting stitches are not visible from the right side of the cloth
- Straight stitch – the basic stitch in hand-sewing and embroidery
- Tacking stitch (UK, also baste or pin) – quick, temporary stitching intended to be removed
- Tent stitch – diagonal embroidery stitch at a 45-degree angle
- Topstitch – used on garment edges such as necklines and hems, helps facings stay in place and gives a crisp edge
- Whipstitch – for protecting edges
- Ladder stitch or mattress stitch – for invisibly closing seams from the outside, i.e. to close a pillow after being stuffed
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- Picken, Mary Brooks (1957). The Fashion Dictionary. Funk and Wagnalls.
- Reader's Digest (1976). Complete Guide to Sewing. The Reader's Digest Association, Inc. ISBN 0-89577-026-1.