There is something you should know. The stem stitch and its close relative, the outline stitch, eludes me. I can kind of do it, but it never looks pretty. I believe that a good part of this is because I embroider with the stabbing method in a hoop, not the sewing method.
But I have happy news!
Do you see this? Do you see that pretty stem stitch? Here's another look:
And better still:
This last pic is from a finished piece that I'm still not quite ready to share. But the point is, I'm stem stitching. Sort of.
Really what I'm doing is back stitching, but placing the needle further back, and under the previous stitch. I learned this version from Amy of Early Bird Special, and I am so thankful she shared this method! Yes, it's technically cheating, but it's better than nothing.