Basting for Couture Garments | Video
Couture garment construction is different from home sewing, and it includes a number of hand-sewing techniques that ensure accuracy. You can adopt these techniques even for garments that are otherwise not meant to be couture.
Claire B. Shaeffer, a couture expert, demonstrates four essential basting methods and explains when and why to use them.
This basting method uses stitches that are 1/4 inch long and spaced 1/4 inch apart. This version of basting is applied to sew a seam temporarily. Work with a long needle, so you can pick up several stitches in a row. If desired, begin by marking the seamline on the fabric in chalk. Once you’ve basted over the line, the basting itself indicates the seamline. Claire also discusses the proper hand and arm position for efficient, stress-free sewing. When you’r setting a sleeve into an armscye, use even basting stitches.
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