How to Sew a Pickstitch


A pick stitch is a small, running hand stitch that you may see at the edge of the lapel and collar of a suit. This stitch is also commonly referred to as a half-backstitch. It is also a good stitch to use if you are sewing a zipper to a fragile or hard to handle fabric, such as wedding garments or evening wear. You can use this stitch in place of a final topstitch. This stitch is also used as a decorative stitch. It is usually used when the top part of the stitch should be seen.

Things You'll Need

  • thread
  • fabric
  • needle
  • Thread your needle, using the thread and fasten with a knot on the end.

  • Start from the bottom of your fabric or zipper. Fasten the thread on the underside of the fabric or zipper and push the needle through. If you are sewing a zipper, place your garment on a flat surface as you continue to sew.

  • Insert the needle back through the fabric or zipper, a thread or two behind the area where it first came through. Work from left to right with your thread and needle.

  • Push the needle through again about 1/4 inch ahead of the first stitch. Keep working from right to left. Continue along the length of the zipper or fabric while keeping the stitches even.

  • When you reach the end of your fabric or zipper, fasten a knot with the needle and thread.If you are sewing the stitch correctly, you will see a nice line of stitches that look like an even line of dots along your garment.

Tips & Warnings

  • To achieve a straight line, add a row of hand basting stitches as a guideline.
  • If you are using thick material, ensure that you use thick thread.
  • If you are not sure about the stitch, before you work on your final project, practice using a test piece of fabric.
  • Ensure that your stitches are not too far apart and that they are evenly placed.

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