Chain Stitching

Chain stitching holds a unique place in the fashion world as it is handmade, unlike modern machine embroidery you see on most clothing. No programmed designs or computers are used in the process; instead, the stitching is done by hand, making each item one of a kind.

The Art of Chain Stitching

The hand stitching machines, typically either a Comely or Singer, are treadle tables operated by a foot pedal and controlled with a hand-crank. This time-intensive process requires a steady hand and great attention to detail, producing some of the most elaborate and intricate designs. Chain stitching allows the artist to create vivid detail through meticulous methods.

History and Tradition

Chain stitching dates back to the early 19th century and was widely used in the manufacturing of garments and textiles. The technique became popular for its durability and flexibility, making it ideal for creating intricate patterns and designs. Over the years, chain stitching has evolved into a respected art form, with skilled artisans preserving the tradition.

Due to the mastery and time-demanding nature of this craft, there are not many people who still operate the machines and understand the intricacies of chain stitching. This rarity adds to the value and uniqueness of each piece.

Malibu Shirts Commitment

We are proud to offer beautiful, one-of-a-kind chain-stitched apparel made through a labor of love and appreciation for vintage art. Each piece is a testament to the skill and dedication of skilled artisans, who bring these timeless designs to life.


 Iconic Designs, Timeless Comfort