Arrowhead stitch : The many ways to work it in sewing

There is no mystery behind this stitch. It is named after it’s close resemblance to an arrowhead. 

arrowhead stitch

This versatile stitch is used as a reinforcement stitch and a decorative stitch.Here are the different ways to work this stitch and use it.

Arrowhead tack stitch

arrowhead stitch

The arrowhead stitch can be used as a decorative stitch as well as a tacking stitch like the bar tack stitch. If you use it on areas where there will be a lot of stress, you can be assured that it will not tear later. 

To make this stitch, mark 3 points of a triangle.

Start from the left side point; bring up your needle and thread at the point 1.

take a small stitch a little ahead of where the needle emerged for sewing thearrowhead stitch

Go to the top point of the triangle you marked at 2 ; take a thread or two from 2 to 3 and bring up the thread and needle.

Cross the thread and bring the needle down near the first hole

Now take the needle down through the bottom right side point 4. You have completed one round of your arrowhead stitch. 

Take another stitch just beneath the first stitch

Repeat this stitch to the inside ; You will be bringing up needle on the inside of the triangle at the bottom points . On the top point you will be making stitches down from the points 2 & 3.

Continue like this till you have finished the space between the points 1 & 4. You will fill the whole space as in the picture below – the stitch looking exactly like an arrowhead.

arrowhead stitch

Simple Arrowhead stitch 

single arrowhead stitch

This is an individual stitch which looks like an arrowhead. 

Follow the sequences of stitches to form the single arrowhead stitch

Arrowhead zig zag stitch

arrowhead stitches made in a row to form a border stitch

When you make the individual arrow stitches continuously horizontally in a row you get this zig zag stitch.

Add more rows of these zig zag stitches and you can make different types of border designs.

Two arrowhead stitched rows facing each other forming a border design

Upright Arrowhead Stitch

upright arrowhead stitch - single arrowhead stitches made one over the other

You can stack the individual arrow stitches vertically to get the upright arrowhead stitch. Work it in different colored thread in many rows for different kinds of border stitches. 

Decorative Arrowhead Stitch

You can make simple decorative designs with this stitch, like this snowflake.

arrowhead stitch made in the shape of a flower

arrowhead stitches made in the shape of a flower

Sewing machine Arrowhead Stitch

arrowhead stitch on denim jeans to reinforce the seam
Reinforcing stitch on jeans

Arrow head stitch on the top of a slit so that it doesnot unravel.

arrowhead stitch

Related posts : Bartack stitch ; Tailor Tack stitches. 

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