Embroidery designs can use several types of stitches including the stem stitch, back stitch/herringbone stitch, satin stitch, and any other you want to throw in. These variations can make your embroidered areas look incredibly colourful.
The Satin stitch usually comes in handy when you need to fill in your patterns or outlines with thick colour blocks that will make the entire piece very captivating especially when viewed from a distance.
Getting started with satin stitch and completing the process is simple but you have to make an effort to keep the sewing neat and orderly, particularly on the edges. You will be better off starting with doing the outlines of your embroidered design or pattern first using the chain, split, back or outline stitch.
If possible, frame the fabric within an embroidery hoop or ring to maintain the tautness of the cloth or textile to help in keeping the stitching consistent.
Before you begin with the satin sewing technique, bear in mind large or intricate patterns may require a lot of effort and time to creating a nice piece.
Draw two parallel lines on the fabric of moderate length. For this you can use a Fabric Pencil which is washable. Make alternate alphabetical pencilled markings on the lines-the first or top line marked with A, C, E, G…and the second line marked with B, D, F, H… and so on.
Take out a long line of thread, nip it, and make at least two folds before inserting the same into the needle. This’ll not only help in upholding the texture of your pattern for a long period of time but also make it look gorgeous.
Position the needle underneath the frame just below the ‘A’ marking on the top line and pierce it up with the tip of the needle pointing towards ‘B’.
Pierce the needle through ‘B’. That completes the first line of sewing. Now, push the needle out through ‘C’ which is juxtaposed to the right of ‘A’.
The needle is now pointed towards ‘D’. Push the needle through and repeat ‘step 2’ i.e. bring it out via ‘E’.
Step 4 will be a repetition of the previous steps. Keep on stitching till you reach the end of the pattern.
Once, you’re done with sewing the entire area between the two lines will be filled up and the area will appear full. The essence of the stitch is comprised of two basic steps. First you come up from behind the hoop and then you go back to the backside of the fabric. In the end, the reverse side of the fabric looks exactly like the front.
We hope that this tutorial has been helpful and has put you on the path to being a Sizzling Stitcher!