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What is a Chain Stitch
A chain stitch is a series of loops that lay on the fabric forming a loose style line. The sample shown in the photo is a close up of part of the leaves and stem sewn on a tee shirt.
A chain stitch can be sewn with any thread, yarn or ribbon. It could also be sewn on the edge of fused appliqué.
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Start Sewing a Chain Stitch
- Bring the threaded needle from the back side of the fabric to the front of the fabric.
- Re-insert the needle into the top side of the fabric where it came out of the fabric, pointing out the back side of the fabric.
- Bring the needle point back up through the right side of the fabric a short distance from where the needle went into the fabric. The distance is a variable which depends on the look you are trying to create.
- Wrap the thread around the point of the needle as shown in the photo, so that... the needle will come through a loop of thread.
- Pull the needle through the fabric and loop, maintaining the thread loop by not pulling the thread overly tight.
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Continuing to Chain Stitch
- To continue chain stitching, insert the needle where it came out of the fabric, pointing down to the wrong side of the fabric.
- Bring the point of the needle back out of the fabric the same distance you did the first stitch.
- Loop the thread around the needle point.
- Pull the needle all the way through the fabric, maintaining the loop by not pulling the thread too tightly.
- Repeat until you have sewn the desired amount of chain stitches.
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Ending a Chain Stitch
- Insert the point of the needle just on the outside of the thread loop so the thread will cover the end of the loop when it is tightened.
- Push the needle through to the back side of the fabric.
- Anchor the thread on the back side of the fabric.