How to do: Split Stitch

I love this stitch, its simple and neat but looks like its taken more effort. What’s not to like.

So, where do we start?

Well, we actually start with the thread. You need to use a thread that has multiple strands to it, because you sew between those strands. Embroidery thread, or floss, will be perfect.

So you’ve got your thread, and now you need to make a reasonably small stitch.

There’s no hard and fast rule as to the size of your stitches but if you’re not sure then do a few practice runs to decide what you want. Sometimes the right stitch size will change from project to project, so don’t worry about it too much. It’s not a make or break situation, thankfully!

Once you’ve got your first stitch, take the needle and bring it up through the fabric and through the middle of your first stitch so that needle and thread literally “split” the stitch.
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Then all you need to do is to bring your needle down through the fabric as if you were sewing a second “normal” stitch.
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And then you simply go back to the first step of bringing the needle up through the fabric and your newly made stitch.

After that it’s simply a case of repeating these two steps – make a stitch, “split” the stitch and so on until you have completed your line of sewing and you have a beautiful set of split stitches. Ta da!

 

 

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