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Straight stitch embroidery is practically the easiest stitching technique. It is just a stitch with two endpoints, that’s it!  The straight stitch is very versatile and sometimes called backstitch or even flat stitch, but its purpose is the same. 

The straight stitch is the basic stitch in hand-sewing and embroidery, on which all other forms of sewing are based. The stitch is done by passing through the needle in and out of the fabric at a regular distance. All the other varieties of stitches are created by varying the straight stitch in length, spacing, and direction.

Although it is very simple, but using it creatively can give you a lot of interesting patterns and designs.


  • An embroidery hoop
  • Sewing needles of different sizes (as per need)
  • Pencil 
  • Small scissors 
  • Small pieces of cotton fabric
  • Normal cotton thread
  • Ruler 

Here we bring you a simple step by step guide to get you to try it right now!

  1. Firstly bring through the needle with embroidery floss up through the fabric from the bottom side, and pull it up.
  2. Secondly now stab the tip of the needle to a stitch distance (or any length you require) and put it through the fabric. 
  3. Thirdly now your needle must be at the bottom side of the fabric, so once again bring the needle with thread up the side of the fabric with a stitch distance in between. And again put through the needle down a stitch distance away. 
  4. Further continue in this process, and here is your straight stitch! 

A straight stitch is just what it sounds like.  You bring the needle up through the back at one point and bring it down at a second point. Indeed that will give you a straight line. Straight stitch although looks very simple, but can be used for making various patterns and designs including flowers, symmetric designs, etc. 

Places where you can use the Straight stitch creatively

Straight stitch embroidery
  1. Adding density to the fillers, or closing an area.
  2. Can be used to add more detail in a piece of embroidery art.
  3. Major advantage in flexibility of direction, hence can be used for making and kind of shapes or outlines.
  4. Since the stitch is so simple, and easy to handle, it can be easily used in ribbon embroidery.

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