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Chain Stitch

What is a chain stitch

Chain stitch is a basic sewing technique many beginners use when learning to sew.  The chain stitch has been used for thousands of years in sewing and embroidery.  People used chain stitch in embroidery because the technique allows people to create circular patterns.

How is a chain stitch created?

The chain stitch is created when a threaded needle is pushed through one side of the fabric then pushed back through from the opposite side.  This simple back-and-forth technique will create a loop on the underside of the fabric.  This loop is the chain stitch. 

Chain stitching the hem on jeans is desirable, not only because it is the traditional hemming method but also because over time it produces beautiful roping (rippled fading at the hem).