Satin Stitch

pink satin stitch embroidery

In the world of embroidery stitches, satin stitch is a professional suit.  It looks nice, but it’s all business.  Satin stitch is basically straight stitches, lined up properly and staying in their places to cover the shape with no frills or ruffles.  It is not glamorous like the French knot or bullion stitch and not as fun as lazy daisy or blanket stitch but it’s still an important stitch.  It’s also surprisingly difficult to get right.  It seems like it should be simple, but it takes practice to get it to look nice.

When to use it:

  • filling in shapes
  • thick outlines
  • lettering
  • borders


How to do it:

Begin with a straight stitch.  Try not to make it too long, or the thread might get caught on things.  In this situation, come up on the right and go down on the left.


Bring the thread up on the right again, just slightly above the first stitch.


Take the thread down on the left, above the first stitch.  The two stitches should be parallel.


Continue in this way, being careful to keep the stitching lines parallel.


When filling in a shape that is longer in the middle and shorter on the sides such as a circle or heart, begin with a stitching line in the middle.  Then stitch out to one side, come back to the middle, then go out to the other side.  This makes it much easier to maintain the shape.  If you are doing a shape such as a rectangle that doesn’t get wider and narrower, it is fine to work from one end to the other.  If it is easier, mark parallel lines on the fabric to maintain the shape.

Check out more  embroidery stitch tutorials HERE.


Elizabeth DeCroos - Epida Studio.

Elizabeth DeCroos

Elizabeth DeCroos is the designer and teacher at Epida Studio. She loves to work in quilting, pojagi and embroidery and teach these techniques to others.
Learn more and get her to speak to your group.

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