The backstitch for hand embroidery is a versatile stitch and I’ll be showing you exactly how to do it in this video tutorial. The backstitch is a great stitch for embroidering a sold line, which makes it great for text as well. You can colour lines with your embroidery floss when doing the backstitch!
Let’s get started with the tutorial. Scroll down to find the video tutorial followed by the photo tutorial.
Have you tried the running stitch? Check out my video tutorial here!
How to Backstitch for Hand Embroidery
What You will need:
Step by Step Video for How to do the Backstitch
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The Stab Method for the Backstitch
Start the backstitch the same way as you would start the running stitch, just like in the photo illustration below. Oh, and I’m left handed so I’m sewing left to right. You’ll probably want to work from right to left if you’re right handed 😊.
The next step is to go back to the end of the last stitch and poke the needle through the same hole (or close to) of that last stitch. See the photo illustration below.
Here’s what the backstitch looks like when you have done a few in a row. Just like colouring in with thread! How awesome!
Want to know how to do an invisible stitch?? Check out this video tutorial to see how!
The Sewing Method for the Backstitch
With the sewing method you start the same way as the stab method. When it comes to the next stitch, go back to the end of the previous stitch and create the next stitch all in one go. Check out the photo illustration below.
The backstitch is perfect for embroidery text! There are many other stitches that you could use, but the backstitch would be the easiest of them all.
I hope you’ve found this tutorial useful and don’t forget to share it with others to spread the love of learning!
Until next time, happy sewing!