Basic Embroidery Techniques:

To take advantage of all the great embroidery services that Promo Planet has to offer, you should know there are two main embroidery techniques that are used when applying lettering or numbers to your garment: satin and step-satin stitch embroidery.

They create the same design, but bring different visual effects and textures to the design. The following information will help you choose the perfect embroidery for your garment.

The most common embroidery stitches used for commercial embroidery are:

Running/Straight Embroidery Stitch Satin Embroidery Stitch Step-Satin or Fill Embroidery Stitch


Running Stitch or Straight Stitch Embroidery
The running stitch or straight stitch is the basic stitch in hand-sewing and embroidery, on which all other forms of sewing are based. The stitch is worked by passing the needle in and out of the fabric.

Satin Stitch Embroidery
In sewing and embroidery, a satin stitch is a series of flat stitches that are used to completely cover a section of the background fabric. Narrow rows of satin stitch can be executed on a standard sewing machine using a zigzag stitch or a special satin stitch foot. Satin stitch gets its name from its sheen as it catches the light to reflect a soft, yet bright, color such as satin does. A satin stitch is often used for lettering, 2 inches or smaller in height. This stitch produces a lower stitch count overall, is used on simple designs and gives a smooth clean satin finish.  3D and Puff embroidery also use an embroidery satin stitch to achieve its look.

Step-Satin or Fill Stitch Embroidery
Step-satin stitch is useful when enlarging lettering or creating a large design that is 3 inches or larger. Step satin is made up of smaller stitches that fill a larger area, whereas satin stitches use one stitch to cover an entire area. When used on large designs or letters, this stitch eliminates the possibility of snags or allowing your design to be vulnerable to everyday wear.

Embroidered letters and numbers can be done with either of the above applications to produce beautiful custom embroidered apparel.

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