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How to Satin Stitch

A good satin stitch which is also called damask will have a soft glow without tangling with the thread and the stitches lie perfectly close to each other ( 2cm - 12cm) with an even or equal tension.
Satin stitching involves both skill and precision whether you are stitching with hand or machine.

Method One
Stitching With Hand:

Step 1
Use Fabric Scraps For Practices:
Satin stitching manually requires high level of accuracy. Hence, it is reasonable to start learning with scraps of clothes that you are no longer in need of. In that way, you can gain a reasonable level of mastery in the art of satin stitching.

Step 2
Practice Satin Stitch Only With Simple Shapes:
Until you have become accustomed to the basics of satin stitch, it is better to avoid any intricate designs that you might decide to try out as it might end up making things more complicated for you.
Just practice your stitches with simple shapes like square and triangle.

Step 2
Make Use of Fabric Hoop to Tighten The Fabric:
Stitching a loose clothe can prove to be very difficult and can result to poor work. Using a fabric hoop will not only tighten the fabric that you are satin stitching but will also make it flat and much easier to work on.

Step 3
Include Satin Stitches Only in Narrow Spaces:
Experts have proved that satin stitches work best in spaces as narrow as 1.2cm and not more than that. Long stitches have the tendency of becoming loose as time goes on.

Step 4
Ensure that the Stitches are Close Together:
The essence of satin stitching is its togetherness which makes it to glow like a satin. Hence, if you want to achieve that effect with your stitch, then you have to make sure that your stitches are together without tangling and destroying the fabric.
Your satin stitches should be in such a way that each two stitches must be in a parallel row without any gaps between them.

Step 5
Aim For Consistent Tightness Throughout the Whole Stitch:
Trying not disrupt the shape of the fabric while trying to avoid loose threads in the fabric can be quite tricky especially while satin stitching manually. Try to achieve even tightness or tension even as you take care to pull the threads tight enough to lie flat. An even tension will help to avoid having loose threads in the fabric.

Method Two
Stitching With a Machine:

Step 1
Adjust the Machine Settings to Have the Most Minimal Zigzag Possible:
The most important feature in a satin stitch is that its threads lie close to each other in a zigzag manner. If you are using machine to stitch, you can achieve this by setting the machine to have the shortest zigzag possible. If you do not know how to carry out this setting on your machine, you can check the manual of the machine or do a little Google search.

Step 2
Attach a Free Motion Embroidery Foot or Satin Stitch Foot:
A free motion embroidery foot is mostly used by experts who wants to sew complex designs on a fabric while satin stitch foot is mostly for simpler designs.
They are indispensable while satin stitching with a machine because they make the process much easier. It can really be difficult to make satin stitches without the foots.
You can get the free motion embroidery foot as well as the satin stitch foot from stores that deal on sewing machines both offline and online.

Step 3
Test Your Satin Stitch Machine Settings on a Fabric:
Experimenting with a piece of fabric to test all the settings you have made will not hurt especially if it removes the frustration of messing up the whole design on the actual fabric. It is much better if you have a scrap of the actual fabric as well as the actual thread which you will use for your project in doing the test in order to make sure that everything goes perfectly.

Step 4
Draw Designs on the Fabric:
The purpose of drawing designs before  the actual sewing is to achieve perfection while reproducing the designs. Nobody wants a badly designed fabric.
It is better to use a washable marker so that the marks made on the fabric could easily be erased.

Step 5
Stitch Over the Design and Seal it With Fabric Sealant:
Carefully follow the traces that you previously made with washable marker as you stitch. It is recommended that you stitch slowly so that you can be able to capture perfectly all the edges or outlines.
Make use of a fabric sealant or a trimming device to trim the edges of the fabric.

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