5 Best Embroidery Stitch for Words on Your Clothes

‘Broderie’, the French word for embroidery, meaning embellishment came into existence ever since the human race started producing fabric. History has shown us all over again about the various forms of communication, in which, embroidered words on handkerchiefs have played a role in sending secret messages.

Today, fashion connoisseurs and celebrities explicitly make bold moves with embroidered words on their garment, for example, Natalie Portman, stepped into the red carpet of Oscars wearing a black Dior with the name of female directors embroidered all over it, paying tribute to all those snubbed female directors who were not nominated for Oscars.

Thus, our hunt for the best embroidery stitch for words is very much justified. When you make a beautifully embroidered pashmina or merely a beautiful embroidery work of art, you may want to stitch out your name in a beautiful font that matches the style of your artwork, or you may want to write a favorite line from the book you read recently that inspired you to make the embroidery artwork.

Here are a few ideas based on which you can find a suitable individual style to stitch together words in an attractive manner. 

Things We Require

Before we begin to learn the best embroidery stitch for words, we need to set up our foundation- a base or fabric to work on, needle, a thread of suitable pigment, a pair of scissors, pencil or chalk, a couple of glasses too for the ones with poor eyesight, and some reference. 

You must look up fonts online and print them out so that you can draw it on the fabric. Once you choose your font, put the thread through your needle, and you are ready for the rest of the lesson.

5 Best Embroidery Stitch for Words

1. Backstitch

Lettering with backstitch looks very clean for both single and double layer. It is the best embroidery stitch for words when used for outlining letters that are in blocks or straight. It also looks good on cursive letters as well as calligraphic letters with large parts and thin parts. 

 How do you do it?

  • First, start with the first letter of a word. The starting point where we put the needle through is point A. We put the needle through point A. The needle is now under the surface.
  • The needle now comes through from beneath a bit away from point A, and we get to point B here. There is a small considerable gap between point A and point B.
  • With the needle now above the surface, we go back to point A and put the needle through the surface. 
  • Now that our needle is under the surface, we place our needle a bit away from point B and put it through. The needle is now on the surface with a considerable distance from point B. 
  • Again, go back to point B and put the needle through. Follow the same process. 

For big letters, use six strands of thread. For small letters, use three to achieve desired results out of this embroidery stitch for words.

2. Stem Stitch

stem stitch
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Stem stitch is perfect for cursive fonts with more curvature and single line words. It gives a continuous look than the unmistakable embroidered look of terms. We use two to three strands of thread for this one.

  • Start from point A with the needle from beneath along the line of the letter. Hold the thread that came out of point A while pushing the needle through another point B. 
  • Once again, the needle is now beneath the surface while you are holding a loop of the thread above the surface. 
  • Push the needle now between points A and B. The needle, far above the surface, should go through the loop of the thread you were holding. 
  • Follow the same step to get the desired effect out of this embroidery stitch for words.

3. Running Stitch

Running Stitch
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The easiest yet the most challenging stitch out of all. Running stitch needs to be even and correctly on the line; otherwise, it will look jagged and untidy. 

  • Put the needle into point A and go beneath the surface.
  • Start from point B and come above the surface.
  • With the same process of going beneath and above the surface with the needle, finish the whole word.

You shall use the sewing method for continuous long lines. Make sure the needle is through evenly. The moment you confront a point of curvature in the letter, but one stitch at a time or it will look like a mess. Using this embroidery stitch for words gives a very clean and ‘old school’ look.

4. Split Stitch

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  • Start the needle from beneath to push through the starting point A. 
  • Make a line by stitching it through point B. 
  • The needle, now beneath the surface, has to come up between point A and point B in such a way that the bunch of thread that formed a line between Point A and B should be split into two halves with the needle.
  • Run another stitch now next to point B and go beneath. Come up between the new point and point B, splitting the line of thread above. Follow the same process all along.

 This elegant form of embroidery stitch for words can lend a stunning look to the fonts. It is suitable for all kinds of fonts.

5. Whipped Backstitch Lettering

  • You have first to use the exact steps of the backstitch provided above.
  • Once you reach the endpoint of the letter, use another colored thread from beneath. 
  • Get above the surface along with the starting point of the backstitched letter. The rest of the stitching happens above the surface.
  • You shall notice the loops of thread formed by the backstitch.
  • Put the new colored thread through the backstitch loops.
  • This will give a desirable and satisfying result.

This is an elementary form of embroidery stitch for words. With the whipped backstitch lettering, you can use the same colored thread, or use another color thread to get spiral alternate colored lettering.

Embroidery stitch of words can get more innovative and adventurous with your eagerness to learn many other forms of embroidery. These are simple and fundamental forms of embroidery that you can use to create your artwork with a desirable result. 

When you are busy with embroidery, your kids too can learn some basic stitching with the help of best sewing machine for 10-year-olds.