Both stitches are great for outlines and lettering and work excellent on straight and curved lines. So, what is the difference?
The differences are:
- Embroidery method. In a split stitch, we split the previous stitch from below and in a split backstitch – from above.
- Visually, a split stitch has more volume and texture and looks thicker and sturdier. While split back stitch lies flatter on the fabric.
- Thread consumption. Split backstitch will consume more floss than a regular split stitch. It might not be a big issue if you use this stitch for outlines or lettering. But, in case you want to use a split stitch for filling, choose a regular one instead of a backstitch version. It will save you a lot of floss.
- View on the back of the embroidery. Regular split stitches on the backs side of the embroidery will look like a running stitch. A split backstitch will have more volume on the backside. So, consider this before choosing which stitch to use.
Watch this video tutorial for a more visual explanation.
Do you have doubts about other stitches? You can read a similar article: ‘What is the difference between Outline stitch and Stem stitch?’
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