Overcast hem stitch

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Prepare for overcasting stitch by following one of the drawn thread removal techniques - see stitch entries ‘Drawn thread preparation’ or ‘Drawn thread preparation with buttonhole edges’ for further information and methods.

2

Cast on in the woven patch and come up in the first gap.

3

Take the needle down two threads along and two up into the linen.

4

Come up in the gap directly above.

5

Take the needle down two threads along and two up into the linen.

6

Continue the pattern to the end of the row of drawn threads.

7

A finished sample of overcast hem stitch. You need to pull fairly tightly to achieve the ladder effect.

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