The ladder stitch is a simple and commonly used stitch in sewing, yet so many people tend to struggle with it. Sometimes the ladder stitch is referred to as slip stitch.
- an embroidery stitch in which crossbars at equal distances are produced between two solid ridges of raised work.
origin: 1880- 1885
This sewing tip is for all levels.
Skill Level- 1 Button
The ladder stitch is easy to create, let’s learn how.
- Iron seam allowance flat. Thread hand sewing needle with coordinating thread, match seam allowance together and pin in place.
- Begin with a knot at thread end and make a short stitch into one of the folds, followed by another short stitching into the other fold on the opposite side. Pull thread to keep the two folds together.
- Continue until opening is closed and back stitch to secure.
- Use a strong thread like hand quilting. It will stand up to all the tugging and shouldn’t snap in half mid-way through your seam.
- Pressing your seam allowance to create a crisp edge will make the process easy, keeping stitches in a straight line.
- Keep your stitches close together and small. This will prevent stuffing from showing through.
- The two folds of seam allowance will meet or “kiss” when the stitch is done correctly. The stitches should be almost invisible.
The ladder stitch is perfect for closing pillows, small plushie toys, quilt bindings and sew much more. Need inspiration? Check out the tutorials page or my pattern shop for easy sewing patterns to keep you in stitches!
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