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What Are The Different Types of Stitching Used on Embroidered Patches?

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Embroidered Patches Stitching

Have you received an artwork proof from us and want more information about what the stitching will look like? You’re in the right place! Here, you’ll find out more about the different stitches we use on your embroidered patches.

There are a variety of stitches that can be achieved depending on the size, design, and detail on your patch. Here’s a thorough look at each one:

Running Stitch:

The running stitch is a basic, simple stitch consisting of a line of evenly spaced stitches. The stitches run back and forth without overlapping. Despite being a simple stitch, it can be used in many ways. We will typically use a running stitch on embroidered patches to achieve fine and small text in the design.

However, we don’t always recommend using it for text below 4mm height because it won’t be legible (as you can see from the second photo). Rest assured that if this is the case, we have many ways around this and we'll work with you until you're 100% happy with your design :)

Running Stitch

Running Stitch 2

Solid Stitch:

A solid stitch consists of a series of flat stitches that are used to completely cover a section of the patch. We normally use this stitch in small to medium spaces to cover solid spaces with one colour.

solid stitch


Tatami Stitch:

Tatami stitches run in rows and are also suitable for filling large areas. Stitch offsets in each row are used to get rid of horizontal split lines, allowing the full area to be covered without any holes.  We use the Tatami Stitch to cover a bigger range of one set space.

Tatami stitch


Jump Stitch:

Jump stitches are used to join areas of embroidery which are less than 1mm apart. So for example, if you have a word that contains letters which are less than 1mm apart (like the example below) and are the same colour thread, a jump stitch will be used. This rule not only applies to text, but to any part of the design.

jump stitch


If you’d like more information about the quirks of the embroidery process or would like to order an embroidered patch, please order online here or contact us today - 0117 956 6657 / [email protected].

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