Pick stitch

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A pick stitch in sewing is a simple running stitch that catches only a few threads of the fabric, showing very little of the thread on the right side (outer side) of the garment. It is also sometimes known as "stab stitch".

A pick stitch can be made from either the inside of the garment or the outside, depending upon how much thread is meant to show on the outside of the garment.[1] A pick stitch is commonly used for making hems, although it is also used with contrasting thread to create a decorative finish on some garments. It has decorative uses in embroidery. It is exceedingly useful for inserting zips and is surprisingly strong for this purpose. Many home-sewers and new dressmakers find this much easier than inserting zips by sewing machine.

A pick stitch along the outside of a lapel is a hallmark of a "high-end, hand-made" men's suit or blazer.[2] A finely made pick stitch is difficult to accomplish but can be achieved with practice.


  1. ^ Shaeffer, Claire (2011). Claire Shaeffer's Fabric Sewing Guide. Krause Publications. p. 77. ISBN 9781440223426.
  2. ^ Maitra, K.K. (2007). Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Clothing and Textiles. Mittal Publications. p. 321. ISBN 9788183242059.