Running stitch is probably the most basic stitch. It can be used to hem fabric, sew seams, as a decorative stitch or to gather fabric.
1. Secure your thread and bring your needle through to the right side where you wish your line of stitches to begin.
2. Return your needle back through to the reverse a short distance away. The distance will determine how long your stitch is.
3&4. Bring your needle back to the right side a short distance from your first stitch. How far away from the end of the first stitch you chose to bring the thread back through will determine the space between your stitches.
5. Repeat until you have sewed your row. Whilst it is usual to sew each of the stitches, and gaps, the same size you can change this for different effects by making either the stitches or the gaps longer or by varying the lengths as you progress down the row.
Next lesson on monday...back stitch...