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When one first learns embroidery by hand, we are taught the simplest stitches, perhaps cross stitch and the ubiquitous outline or stem stitch. Even children can do those though perhaps not as cleanly as an adult may, but those are the common ultra-simple stitches.

It is truly amazing how many different kinds of embroidery stitches there are if you begin to look for them! Even the simple cross stitch has embellishments to it, thus creating fractional cross stitches such as three quarter, quarter and half cross stitches. Then there is the long arm cross stitch as well as the reversible cross stitch which enables the front to look just like the back!

You may also learn to make something called bullion knots which can be used to make realistic looking roses, raised strawberries and perhaps bullion flowers that not only take on a 3-D appearance, but can actually be felt if one wishes. Bullion knots are ultra simple to make once you get the hang of them!

Another raised stitch that is frequently used is the French knot. The purpose of a French knot is often to stitch the center of a flower for instance or to make dots throughout the embroidery, and the best example would be small eyes of small animals, for instance.

Pulled work stitches are exceedingly plentiful. For example you could look up how to do a cable stitch, cobbler stitch, diagonal raised hand, single faggot stitch, diamond eyelets, four sided stitch, honeycomb stitch, pulled double back stitch, pulled satin stitch, ringed back stitch and finally a three sided stitch. The point is that the difference in embroidery work need not just be the type of thread used but also the way that the thread is worked. Just as in hand stitching, alternating the stitches used in making a certain embroidery work can make one submission better than the other only because the stitches are more interesting. This is where stitch editing of any program can make the difference in how your stitch out will appear!

With stitch editing you can perform many different functions, all of which will make your work more personal for instance. You can edit and create by moving any multiple stitches, or even a single stitch. You could insert stitches to make the embroidery design different. You may decide that one type of stitch is better than another, and thus you can replace stitches, and of course you can always delete stitches for one reason or another. On an embroidery machine all of this is accomplished by the embroidery software you have loaded into your machine.

At the moment most home embroidery machines will deliver only certain types of stitches, although the stitches can be changed somewhat by editing of the design image. Generally these stitches are:

Fill stitches, which of course can be varied by variable patterns, or by changing the stitch directions;

Running stitches, used for going from one point to another, for underlay, outlining and fine detailing, and finally;

Satin stitches, the basic zig zag stitch that creates edges, borders and lines.

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