How to Create Echo Stitching
Lately, I've found echo stitching on numerous designer garments. I've seen it on collars, cuffs, and front plackets. Besides being a great design detail, it is also a great way to discipline dimensional fabric that doesn't press flat. I find it easier to echo-stitch after the section of the garment is completed. Echo-stitch a collar before it is sewn to the neck band or garment. But, echo-stitch a cuff or front band after the garment is completed. I recommend using 100-percent cotton thread and a no. 11 quilting needle. It will keep the garment reasonably flat with the numerous rows of stitching. There two ways to finish the threads: Pull them to the wrong side and knot; leave long thread tails, thread a needle, and weave them between layers of the garment area. This is especially nice if both layers of the garment are visible.
A great way to have an even width between stitching rows is to use the right edge of your presser foot as a guide.
To turn the echo stitching at a corner and maintain the correct angle, complete the following four steps. The collar on the garment shown has a right angle at the front corners. The same principle applies if the collar had a sharper corner.
1. Hand-press a crease at a 45-degree angle at both short edges of the collar. Don't press this crease with an iron or use a marking pen because each could leave a permanent mark after the echo stitching is completed. If you are working with a sharper, pointed collar, match the vertical short edge to the long horizontal collar edge, then finger-press the crease.
2. Machine-baste using a light color or white thread along the foldline. Leave long thread tails, and don't knot or backstitch at the ends of the basting stitch. Avoid using highly contrasting thread (even though it might be easier to see), because the intense color could leave a mark as the thread is removed.