How to Sew a Satin Stitch

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This week I have been working on a little project that required me to sew a ton of zig zags or Satin Stitch.  Even though I am sure that most of you know how to sew a satin stitch, going over it can’t hurt.

I use the satin stitch for applique when I am not doing the raw edge applique technique.  This stitch is crazy handy when it comes to appliqueing pieces onto a background, when you are trying to control the ravel edge of fabric, or just need something decorate stitching on a project.

How to sew applique with a satin stitch / #applique

There are a few tricks that help me get a nice zig zag.

1)  When sewing the stitch I keep my needle just to the right of the fabric edge.  This helps contain all the little ravels that will happen with use.  Depending on how you like to sew– sometimes your needle will be on the left side of the edge….I go for the right.  Do what is comfortable for you.

satin stitch tutorial embroidery stitch

2)  Take notes on what your machine is set when starting, so if you have to switch to a different stitch or walk away from the project and return you will know what you are doing.

3)  Leave the needle in the down position when you stop to adjust anything.

4)  Leave the needle in the down position and on the outside when pivoting at the corner.  This will make sure you don’t have a blank space at the corners.

Sew a Satin stitch for applique

5)  The width will determine how deep the needle goes inside from the edge.  Adjust this to widen or shorten that width.

6)  The length will determine how far apart the stitches are from each other.  I usually keep mine under a 2 if I am going for a more filled or satin look.  A 1 or lower is typical when using this for button holes.

sew a zig zag on applique

7)  Use your fingers to keep the applique from puckering or stretching.  Sometimes even when you use fusible, it shifts just a bit and causes problems.

8)  Stop and start when you begin and end a line of stitching.  This will keep the zig zag from unraleling or getting pulled and puckered.

Do you have more ideas or suggestions when sewing this stitch? 

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