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When you first begin using your embroidery machine, the stitching options can feel a little overwhelming. There are so many different options to choose from when stitching text and images, but one of the most common questions is which stitch to use for what application. We’ll take a look at two of the most common stitches used on an embroidery machine: The single stitch and double stitch. Both have their pros and cons depending on what type of project you’re working on. Let’s take a closer look at each option to see which one is right for you.

What is a Single Stitch?

A single stitch is one that is sewn with only one thread. Single stitches are great for outlining, monograms, and other decorative elements. They work great on lighter fabrics and are less likely to tear holes in your fabrics than a double stitch. Single stitches are perfect for items like pillowcases, tablecloths, and other items that need to be laundered on a regular basis. They are great for decorative applications like monograms, outlining, and adding pops of color.

What is a Double Stitch?

A double stitch is two parallel stitches sewn with two threads. They are great for adding strength to items like tablecloths and pillowcases as well as decorative items like monograms. Double stitches work best on heavier fabrics so they are great for items like tablecloths, pillowcases, and blankets. Double stitches are great for adding strength to items and some double stitches are actually meant to be decorative. Just make sure you are using the decorative stitch option on your machine. Double stitches are also great for items like tablecloths, pillowcases, and blankets as they add strength to your sewing projects. Double stitches are also great for items like monograms, as they add a decorative element to the design.

Benefits of Single Stitching

– Great for decorative applications – Single stitches are perfect for adding a decorative pop of color to your items. They are great for outlining, monograms, and sewing letters and images onto your projects. Single stitches can also be used to stabilize the edges of fabrics to prevent fraying.

– Lighter fabrics –  Single stitches are great for lighter fabrics that are likely to tear or be damaged from a heavier stitch. Single stitches are great for decorative applications like monograms, outlining, and adding pops of color.

– Great for quilting –  Single stitches work great for quilting projects as they allow the fabrics to be easier to move around. Single stitches are also great for stabilizing fabrics and keeping them from fraying.

Benefits of Double Stitching

– Great for items that are laundered –

Double stitches are great for items like tablecloths, pillowcases, and other items that are laundered regularly. Double stitches are great at holding fabrics together and preventing tears or rips.

– Great for heavier fabrics – Double stitches work best on heavier fabrics so they are great for items like tablecloths, pillowcases, and blankets. Double stitches are also great for items that are laundered regularly.

– Great for decorative applications – Double stitches are also great for items like tablecloths, pillowcases, and blankets as they add strength to your sewing projects. Double stitches are also great for items like monograms, as they add a decorative element to the design.

– Great for quilting – Double stitches work great for quilting projects as they allow fabrics to move around easily. They are also great for stabilizing fabrics and keeping them from fraying.

How to Sew a Single Stitch

There are a few different ways to select a stitch on your machine. Consult your machine’s instruction manual for specific instructions on how to select stitches on your machine.

– Thread Path – First, you will want to select the thread path. This will determine which looper and hook the thread path is sent through on your machine. You will want to select the upper looper and upper hook.

– Stitch Width and Length – Next, you will want to select the stitch width and length. Single stitches are generally short and have a width of about 0.3mm.

– Stitch Type – Next, you will want to select the stitch type. Some machines have the option to select a single stitch whereas others have the option to select a decorative single stitch.

How to Sew a Double Stitch

– Thread Path – First, you will want to select the thread path. This will determine which looper and hook the thread path is sent through on your machine. You will want to select the upper looper and upper hook.

– Stitch Width and Length – Next, you will want to select the stitch width and length. Double stitches are generally longer than single stitches and may have a width of 0.7mm or more.

– Stitch Type – Next, you will want to select the stitch type. Some machines have the option to select a double stitch whereas others have the option to select a decorative double stitch.

Conclusion

The difference between single stitching and double stitching on an embroidery machine is that single stitching is one thread whereas double stitching is two threads. Single stitches are perfect for decorative applications like monograms, outlining, and adding pops of color. Double stitches are great for items that are laundered, items that are heavier, and items that need to be strengthened. Whether you are single-stitching or double stitching, you will want to be sure to use a stabilizer behind your fabric. This will help prevent your machine from overfeeding or the fabric from getting tangled in the feed dogs.