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Evenly Spaced Hand-Sewn Topstitching | Video

Learn which tools and materials to use, how to mark for even spacing, and how to form classic stitches.

Sep 20, 2019

Hand-worked topstitching is a lovely finish along the edges of any garment; it’s commonly found on coats and jackets. The key to a couture look is precise, evenly spaced stitches. Threads Contributing Editor Kenneth D. King shares his technique for hand sewing. His technique can help you create stitching you’ll be proud of.

Kenneth discusses methods for marking the stitching line and for ensuring even spacing with marked tape or machine basting. You’ll find out what thread Kenneth prefers, and you’ll learn his two favorite stitches: the pickstitch and the saddle stitch.

Insider members can find out more about hand-sewing, with Kenneth’s video “Learn Four Basic Hand Stitches.”

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  1. user-5851661 September 21st

    Great demo, thank you. Where can you buy that masking tape with the measurements marked on? What is it called? That would be great for weaving as well.

  2. SewSmiley September 22nd

    Great tutorial. I have to add, I was distracted by how nice Kenneth’s hands look. They make mine look like those of an old farm wife! LAL.

  3. User avater Peeker September 26th

    What helpful tips! Thank you

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