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How to Attach Patch Pockets Without Topstitching

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In this article by Annalisa Tay from Threads #152, learn the magic of attaching patch pockets invisibly by machine. Patch pockets are a designer's and sewer's delight. They can be made in infinite shapes and sizes, lined or unlined. They are typically affixed on three sides to the garment, leaving one side free as the opening. Most of the time, patch pockets are topstitched in place an easy technique that lends a bold or casual look. But when visible stitches are undesirable, we've always had to hand-stitch the pocket, even though hand stitching doesn't make the strongest pocket application. It's time for a sturdy, easy, and clever alternative that attaches a classic patch pocket to a garment by machine, with no stitches showing.

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