Lock Stitch vs. Chain Stitch

By Jaxson

  • Lock Stitch

    A lockstitch is the most common mechanical stitch made by a sewing machine. The term “single needle stitching”, often found on dress shirt labels, refers to lockstitch.

  • Chain Stitch

    Chain stitch is a sewing and embroidery technique in which a series of looped stitches form a chain-like pattern. Chain stitch is an ancient craft – examples of surviving Chinese chain stitch embroidery worked in silk thread have been dated to the Warring States period (5th – 3rd century BC). Handmade chain stitch embroidery does not require that the needle pass through more than one layer of fabric. For this reason the stitch is an effective surface embellishment near seams on finished fabric. Because chain stitches can form flowing, curved lines, they are used in many surface embroidery styles that mimic “drawing” in thread.

    Chain stitches are also used in making tambour lace, needlelace, macramé and crochet.

  • Lock Stitch (noun)

    alternative spelling of lockstitch

  • Chain Stitch (noun)

    An ornamental stitch like the links of a chain, used in crocheting, sewing, and embroidery.

  • Chain Stitch (noun)

    A stitch in which the looping of the thread or threads forms a chain on the underside of the work; the loop stitch, as distinguished from the lock stitch.

  • Lock Stitch (noun)

    a stitch made by a sewing machine by firmly linking together two threads or stitches.

  • Chain Stitch (noun)

    an embroidery or crochet stitch resembling a chain.

Oxford Dictionary

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