For my learning demonstration, I folded under a hem edge on this medium weave linen.
For my floss, I am using two strands of a contrasting color, this is the beautiful pink #956 from DMC.
My first step is to come up through the fabric right through the folded over hem.
Pull all the way through, this will hide the knot:
Next, take a small stitch right next to the folded edge. Go into the fabric (hole a) and come back out of the fabric (hole b):
Pull all the way through:
Next, bring the needle back around and go into and out of the exact same holes (a and b) :
Bring the needle back around and do it again:
and once more go into the first hole (hole a), but this time exit back into the folded over hem edge:
Pull all the way through. **To start the next stitch, go back into the fabric in the same hole - this is hole b from the first stitch and is now the new hole a. That starts the next stitch:
Going through the same two holes more than once really widens the holes and creates the effect of the pin stitch. I found I really needed to pull the thread tight to draw the fabric threads together. This is the front of the hem - can you see the holes created by the stitching?
This is an easy to do stitch, very relaxing and you don't need to use an embroidery hoop!
This is stitch # 95 and is in the Drawn Fabric Embroidery section of 100 Stitches.
**Edited - I updated my original posting of learning the pin stitch after receiving some extremely helpful information and tips from Martha at Southern Matriarch blog. She has an excellent tutorial you should definitely check out - here is the link.