Saturday, July 9, 2011

Tutorial - Zigzag Stitch

 Zigzag Stitch is another stitch that is great as a base for seam treatments. There are lots of spaces and corners you can add further embellishment to.

 Begin by bringing your needle up at point 1, and down at point 2, creating a vertical straight stitch.

 Bring your needle up at point 1 again and take it down at point 3, creating a diagonal straight stitch.

 Bring your needle up at point 4 and down at point 3 creating another vertical straight stitch.

 At this point you have created the letter "N" if you have followed the directions correctly.  Bring your needle up at point 4 again and down at point 5, for another diagonal straight stitch.

 Bring your needle up at 6 and down at 5 making another vertical straight stitch.

 You would continue on in this way until you reach the length you want.  For this sample I am only doing two stitches.  Assuming you have gone as far as you want to, bring your needle up at 6 again and down at 5 making a second vertical straight stitch beside the other one.  A laying tool is handy at this point to make the two stitches lie nicely next to each other.  Alternatively, you can run your needle up and down underneath the stitches to straighten them out.
 Working your way back to complete the stitches, bring your needle up at 6 and down at 3, which creates a diagonal straight stitch crossing the other one.  You are creating "X"s here. 

 Needle up at 4 and down at 3 making the second vertical straight stitch.

 Needle up at 4 and down at 2 crossing the diagonal straight stitch from before.

Needle up at 1 and down at 2 where you began the row so that this first vertical straight stitch is paired as well.
It goes quickly once you get the rhythm of it and you can just imagine all the possibilities for adding detached chain stitches, more straight stitches, etc.

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