orange straight stitch embroidery.

Straight Stitch

Straight stitch is a simple, basic stitch. It looks simple and it is simple to do. Because of this, it is sometimes overlooked, but in freestyle embroidery it can be fun and effective. It is like a t-shirt in your wardrobe – a bit casual but cute and with many different options.

A warning with straight stitch is that if the stitches are too long, they could get caught on things, especially if the stitching is on an item that is handled like clothing or pillows. Also, there is a lot of travelling on the back of the embroidery. If you have a dark thread and a light fabric, make sure it won’t shadow through.

When to use it:

  • Grass
  • Leaves
  • Flowers
  • Random texture
  • Background design
  • Fillers for shapes
  • Birds in the distance
  • Fur or hair

How to do it:

Straight stitch is done just the way it seems. Bring the thread up from the back of the fabric.


Take it through to the back side. That’s it! One stitch is done.  It is possibly the easiest embroidery stitch.


Bring the needle up for the next stitch, then take it down.

Repeat as needed.



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Elizabeth DeCroos

Elizabeth DeCroos

designer, teacher, speaker

Elizabeth enjoys doing all types of sewing and needlework and teaching others new techniques. For more information or to have her speak to your group click HERE.

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