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Since the needle is always going in behind where the thread just came out and coming out ahead of the last stitch, all in a straight line – how do you backstitch (i.e. by hand) round a ninety-degree corner?

The best I can manage is to bring the needle out at the corner on the last stitch of the first side, ‘fill in’ the last gap as usual but bring the needle out on the corner for a second time instead of stitching ahead, then take an ordinary running stitch as the first stitch of the next side of the rectangle, thus leaving a visible ‘hole’ on the back of the stitching….


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    Dec 6, 2011, 11.39 PMby katexxxxxx

    I don’t. I turn the work round so I can pop the needle down exactly in the corner…

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    Dec 7, 2011, 12.13 AMby patti-r

    Do the same as Kate, I do not backstitch either I do use a smaller stitch when approaching corner stop with needle down then pivot keeping small stitches for an inch or so after pivoting.

    Oops, sorry just saw the hand stitch.

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    Dec 7, 2011, 12.26 AMby harrietbazley

    Hand backstitch, not machining in reverse…

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    Dec 10, 2011, 11.49 AMby Sabrina Wharton-Brown

    I just have the needle at a 45 degree angle to the edge (when the point is underneath), just like a straight backstitch but at the angle. Underneath you get a tiny little triangle of thread when the stitch is completed.

    I hope that helps.

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