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Satin stitch is widely used as a filler. The uniformity, smoothness and neatness of the stitch makes it very useful and popular in the embroidery world. The term satin stitch derives its name from its similarity to the shiny appearance of satin cloth, especially when a floss silk or a mercerised cotton thread is used for the embroidery. 

The stitch is worked by carrying the thread across the space to be filled and returning underneath the material next to the stitch just made. The process is repeated until the area is filled in. The stitches may be worked in any direction and they may vary in size,

It is very easy to do, but the difficult part is to maintain the neatness and uniformity in the filler stitch.

The only solution to this is carefulness and more practice! Practice makes a person perfect, in any skill. 


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

Here is the three step process for getting started with Satin stitch embroidery.

  1. If you are a beginner, and trying this stitch for the first time, it is recommended to outline and draw the area, pattern, shape, or any design first you want to fill.
  2. Now start from the  right side of the fabric at a spot on the edge of the design corner. Put the needle through the fabric from below and pull it up.
  3. Again put the tip of the needle through the other end of the border and pull it down below the fabric. 
  4. Now again stab the needle through the fabric from below ‘just near’(!) the first point.

It is important to keep the round stitches close enough to make the filler stitch more filled and uniform.

When you have finished you can neaten the outline with a backstitch. There are numerous variations of satin stitch, you may try long and short satin stitch, shadowed satin stitch, and padded satin stitch. 

You must try to go down, then come back up, on the same side of the shape. This helps to minimise thread wastage, because it’s not criss-crossing across the back of the fabric. This can also help to prevent stretching on the fabric. Since Satin Stitch uses a lot of thread, the weight of it can risk warping the fabric – so try to be a bit careful not to pull too hard.

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