Running Stitches

The running stitch consists of weaving embroidery floss in and out of the fabric, creating a dashed line. It is, essentially, a series of evenly spaced straight stitches, unlike the backstitch which combines these stitches to make a solid line. This stitch is often used as a base for decorative embroidery stitches, but can also be used as a basic outline stitch or to add texture to a design.


The Running Stitch is done by running the needle and thread up and down the cloth at a regular distance. Keep the stitch consistent to make your work look beautiful. The length of the stitch on the front side can vary from that on the underside.


You can use a running stitch to sew seams, hems and gathers. The running stitch can also be used in handsewn patchwork, to attach pieces of fabric, and is often used in quilting to hold layers or fabric and batting together.


A simple running or straight stitch can be pretty tough and hard to break, especially if you use polyester thread which is very strong. Backstitch is even stronger though because the stitches overlap on the wrong side making the line of stitches even tougher to break.