A running stitch within a sewing term is a basic stitch also known as a straight stitch. The stitch is worked by passing the needle in and out of the fabric, they can vary on length but typically the thread is seen more on the top of the sewing than on the underside.
They are normally used -
- Hand-sewing to sew basic seams
- Hand patchwork to assembly pieces
- Quilting to hold fabric layers, batting or wadding in place
- Loosely spaced rows of short running stitches are used to support padded satin stitch.
- They are a component of many traditional embroidery styles, including kantha of India and Bangladesh and Japanese sashiko quilting.