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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.

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. [email protected] | | #1

    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.

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      annapr | | #4

      Don't know if you found your answer, but in case someone else wants to know, it's Chromalabel or Scotch Expressions Ruler tape.

  2. SewSmiley | | #2

    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.

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    peeker | | #3

    What helpful tips! Thank you

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