What comes to your mind when you think of Satin – Smoothness, softness – everything that your satin stitch should be. Satin stitch is that stitch which you think about as soon as you have a design to fill. Let us see how you can go about making those soft as silk satin stitches – by hand and by machine.
Somethings to take care of while doing the satin stitch by hand
- Ensure that the stitches start and end right on the outline of the design.
- Ensure at all times that the outline of the design are covered with stitches
- Ensure while doing the satin stitch that the thread on your needle is always smooth. A twisted thread will not make a smooth satin stitch.
- Always start and end very near to superseding stitches, resulting in even stitching
- When you take the needle to the back , make sure that it is not pulled too tightly. Puckering is not good for smooth satin stitches
- It is always a good idea if you start from the center of the design or the widest part of the design and work to the sides. This will balance the stitches without any distortion.
How to do Satin stitch
Draw the outline of the design. Transfer the design using any of the methods detailed in this post on embroidery transfers.
Thread the needle with a single strand of thread which is about 25 inches long. Knot the ends with the thread ends together. Bring up the needle to the front of the fabric at the left side of the design you are going to fill. You will be starting from the middle of the design
Now take the needle and thread to the other side of the design (right side) and take it down to the back of the fabric. You may want to slant the satin stitches in one direction throughout the direction or make straight stitches. Ensure that you insert the needle always on the outline of the design
Now take the needle all the way (on the back of the fabric) next to the first stitch on the left side.
Take down the needle again near where the first stitch went down
Continue making stitches in the same way to one end of the design . After one side is finished start again from the middle to the other end.
Padded satin stitch
This is a satin stitch worked over seed stitches filling a design.It provides a beautiful 3 D effect to the design because of the raised stitches.
How to do a padded satin stitch
First give an outline to the design with back stitch
Fill the design with seed stitch.Decide on the direction of the satin stitch. Make the seed stitches perpendicular to this direction.
Work satin stitches over the design.Make sure that the satin stitches land just outside the outline of the shape. Fill the design with satin stitches worked closely together
Long and Short stitch.
This stitch is a variation of the satin stitch . Checkout the detailed post on Long and short stitch
Machine stitched satin stitch
This stitch is also called the applique stitch as it is used to do applique work . It is made using a closely worked zig zag stitch with zig zag pressure foot. Some tips on making a nearly perfect satin stitch are outlined below
- Use interfacing below the work area always – this will make sure that the satin stitch remains smooth, not sucked in by the machine or end up puckered
- When sewing satin stitches in circles, move the pedal slowly. Move the fabric slowly as per the arch of the circle as you guide the fabric.
- Ensure that whenever you move the fabric while stitching, the needle is in the down position. If not you will be sewing stitches outside your design, unless you want that.
- Experiment with correct sewing tension and stitch length you need on a scrap fabric before working on the fabric.
- When you sew the perfect satin stitch none of the bobbin thread will be visible on the face of the fabric.