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The Stair Step Stitch is a decorative stitch that could be sewn alone or combined with other rows of stitches to create unique embellishments.
Use this stitch to embellish your sewing projects with a single row, multiple rows, or even in combination with other decorative stitches. Experiment with various types of thread such as rayon thread, all-purpose thread, metallic thread, topstitching thread, or even 30wt and 12wt cotton. Use a needle that is appropriate for the type of thread you are using. It is also helpful to use a stabilizer to help support the stitches. Learn more about needles and stabilizer on the SINGER website.
Sew this stitch pattern over gathered fabric to create smocking, often seen in children's clothing and even vintage apparel. This technique works best with lightweight woven fabrics, like batiste or voile. Start by sewing several rows of basting stitches - sew 1 row, then a second row 1/8" inch from the first. Skip 1/2" and repeat, continuing for the amount of basting rows needed for your project. Gather the basting threads. Place the gathered piece over a fabric interfacing or piece of organza. To sew the decorative stitch pattern, use a 30wt cotton in the needle, which will provide a hand-sewn look, and stitch over the basted rows.