Paragraph 126. The chain stitch is rather simple consisting of continuous loops which give the finished line of stitches the appearance of a chain. To make this stitch, tie a knot in the thread, bring the needle through from the under side of the cloth so as to conceal the knot. With the thumb of the left hand hold the thread in a loop, take a small stitch forward allowing the needle to come out over the thread as shown in Figure 26. Pull the needle through drawing the thread just tight enough to form a neat "link."

For the next stitch, hold the loop of thread down as before and starting the point of the needle just inside the last "link" (just where the thread comes out), take another forward stitch (over the loop) thus forming the next link. Continue this process making all the stitches exactly the same length and drawing them equally so as to form an even chain.

The chain stitch is used for simple decoration.

Figure 25.

Figure 25.

Figure 26.

Figure 26.