Tension in your stitching is by far the easiest thing to correct, especially if you’re using a hoop – pull tight but not so tight that you stretch the hole at all. If you stitch in hand you have to be more careful.
I find that pulling the thread mostly through and then using my little finger in the hand holding the needle to “flick” the tail the final bit gives perfect tension and is reproducible for each stitch. Pay attention to the tension you’re applying as, if you stitch in different directions or do “patches” of stitching over the piece, you’ll pull it in weird directions.
Material Type: Aida Generic Cream
Sewing Count: 14/inch or 55/100mm
Design Size: 117 x 81 stitches
Sewn Design Size: 8.4 x 5.8 inches or 212 x 147 mm
Suggested Material Size: 14.3 x 11.7 inches or 362 x 297 mm
Stitch Style: Cross-stitch Using 2 strands
Don't leave the project in the hoop overnight. When you're done cross-stitching for the day don't forget to take it out of the hoop. Your embroidery project needs rest to!
And another important thing. No matter which direction your top leg of stitch is going, but please be sure that they are all going in the same direction.
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