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Embroidery 101: How to Sew a Chainstitch

The chainstitch is one of five basic embroidery stitches.

Threads seamstress Norma Bucko demonstrates how to create a basic embroidery stitches: the chainstitch.


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The chainstitch can be combined with other embroidery stitches to create decorative designs.

Check out these additional videos on embroidery stitching:

How to Sew a Fly Stitch

How to Sew a Blanket Stitch

How to Sew a Couching Stitch

How to Sew a Web Stitch


In Threads #186, Aug./Sept. 2016, author India Hayford explores Yemenite Jewish hand embroidery and shows how to combine simple stitches to create complex designs.


About This Video Series

Hand embroidery is a traditional embellishment technique that is within the reach of any sewer. Watch to learn how to create the five basic embroidery stitches, chainstitch, fly stitch, blanket stitch, couching stitch, and web stitch. These five can be combined with each other to create decorative designs. Click on the video links below that walk through making each of the stitches. For additional information and inspiration, see Yemenite Jewish hand embroidery by India Hayford in…

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  1. Karen1983 | | #1

    It would be nice if you included instructions for left-handed sewers. Simply stating that we should reverse the given instructions is useless.

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