Satin stitch

Satin stitch in silk. Detail of an altar frontal, France or Italy, 1730–40, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, M.2009.76.

In sewing and embroidery, a satin stitch or damask stitch is a series of flat stitches that are used to completely cover a section of the background fabric.[1] Narrow rows of satin stitch can be executed on a standard sewing machine using a zigzag stitch or a special satin stitch foot.

In order to maintain a smooth edge, shapes can be outlined with back, split or chain stitch before the entire shape including the outline is covered with satin stitch.

Machine-made satin stitch is often used to outline and attach appliques to the ground fabric.[2]


Variants of the satin stitch include:


Satin stitch is frequently made with embroidery thread, which has less twist than standard sewing thread. This gives a more uniform effect, with the individual threads' filaments merging.

While good sewing threads produce acceptable satin stitch, low quality threads usually do not sit straight, and produce an uneven result. The colour of each thread usually does not matter.

See also


  1. Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Needlework. The Reader's Digest Association, Inc. (March 1992). ISBN 0-89577-059-8, p. 48
  2. Complete Guide to Needlework, p. 196-197
  3. Maitra, K. K. (2007). Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Clothing and Textiles. Mittal Publishing. p. 44. ISBN 9788183242059.
  4. Duss, Martena; Sissi Holleis (2011). Sweat Shop Paris: Lessons in Couture from the Sewing Cafe. Andrews McMeel Publishing. p. 158. ISBN 9781449408404.
  5. Christie, Grace (Mrs. Archibald H.): Embroidery and Tapestry Weaving, London, John Hogg, 1912, Chapter V.
  6. Complete Guide to Needlework, p. 49


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