Back stitch forms a continuous line of small end to end stitches. It can either be used as a decorative stitch or to hand sew a seam where something a little stronger than running stitch is required.
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. Bring your needle back to the right side leaving a gap the same size as your initial stitch.
4. Return your needle to the reverse side at the end of the initial stitch, effectively going back on yourself, so you have two stitches of equal length running end to end. There should be no gap between your stitches.
5. Repeat until you have sewn your row. Whilst it is usual to sew each of the stitches, the same size you can change this for different effects by varying the lengths as you progress down the row.
Next lesson tomorrow...straight stitch...