How to Sew a Catch Stitch
This stitch keeps layers of fabric flat against one another, such as a hem or seam allowances. Use it on lined garments because the lining covers and protects the surface threads, which tend to catch on things. You can vary the stitch length according to taste. For the catch stitch, I recommend making stitches 3⁄8 to 1⁄2 inch apart.
Classic Version: In the classic version, the direction of travel is left to right, but the needle points to the left. As you can see in the photos, it is a back-and-forth stitch; you first catch the surface layer and then the hem allowance layer and repeat.
My Version: This version uses less thread and is faster to sew than the classic catchstitch. I like to interline garments (see “You Say Underlining, I Say Interlining”, Issue 135 p. 40). Catchstitches allow me to tack seam allowances down flat to the interlining without the…
Get the latest including tips, techniques and special offers straight to your inbox.