Sew Better with Staystitching Fundamentals
Although one of my favorite parts of sewing is creating interesting surface design, I’m well aware that it’s the underpinning steps in the process that make a garment truly successful and wearable. One of those essential steps is staystitching — a row of stitches on a single fabric layer that prevents a curved or bias edge from stretching during the construction process. These stitches never show on the garment’s right side, but the overall appearance of the garment can be compromised if they’re overlooked.
Staystitches are regular-length stitches (2 mm) that are not removed like basting or ease stitches. A row of staystitching should be sewn about 1/16 inch to 1/8 inch outside the seamline, within the seam allowance. Be careful not to stitch across the seamline because the stitches will show on the garment’s right side.
This prevents distortion. Usually, sewing directionally means sewing from the top to…
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