Overcast Stitch Tutorial

overcastThe overcast stitch is used in two ways – to create a dimensional line of a narrow width or to finish an edge.

How to Sew the Overcast Stitch

Like the satin stitch, the overcast stitch is made with uprigth stitches and is best made with the fabric in an embroidery hoop or frame.

Run or couch down a thread on the traced line. Cover this line of thread with close upright stitches, picking up as little material as possible each time in order to make the line clear and round.

eyelet-cutout1This example shows how the overcast stitch can be used to create cutwork and protect the fabric from unraveling.

When using the overcast stitch to finish an edge or with cutwork embroidery, more of the fabric is included in each stitch to hold the warp threads together.

Designer & Copyright Information

This pattern, tip or technique was created by: The Crafty Tipster

Details: This tutorial was created using vintage images and instructions found in Embroidery and Tapestry Weaving written by Grace Christie, published in 1912, the Encyclopedia of Needlework by Therese De Dillmont and Embroidery and Tapestry Weaving by Grace Christie published in 1912. Those illustrations and instructions were combined with materials written by The Crafty Tipster in September 2009. While the original works are no longer in copyright, the derivative work is and permission must be obtained from the Crafty Tipster prior to republishing this material in it's present form.

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