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Stitch in DItch

5speed | Posted in General Sewing Info on

I’ve been sewing forever, but I don’t how to do a stitch in the ditch.

Anybody help?



  1. MegVT | | #1

    Stitching in the ditch is this:  from the right side of the fabric, position your needle so that it pierces the fabric directly in the seam.  Some sewing machines have a foot which have an extension to ride (in front of the needle) in that 'v' of the seam.

    Hope that helps!  What are you stitching?


    1. 5speed | | #4

      Vogue 2773 - evening gown. Thanks so much for the info.


  2. HeartFire | | #2

    also, when stitching in the ditch, you will have the seam allowances both pressed to one side rather than having them pressed open, this way, when you do the stitching, it catches one of the seam allowances in the sewing.

    1. 5speed | | #3

      Hi Judy,

      Thanks for the reply, but the first part of your sentence is missing could you pls. re-send? Than you.

      1. HeartFire | | #5

        No, that was my whole message, I was sort of just adding onto the previous answer! Sorry if it was a little confusing.When you stitch this, you can also gently pull the seams apart to get the "ditch" to open up. That way you don't inadvertently stitch on the fabric. BTW, this often works well to keep facings in place, such as the underarm and shoulder seam of a sleevless top that has facings, the seam allowances of the top wouild be pressed open, but the stitching in the ditch catches the thread that sewed that seam and the facing so it doesn't flop out of place.Its also often used in waistbands where the lower facing portion is clean finished and just pressed down, you stitch in the ditdch fromthe front and it holds it in place.its also used quite extensivly in quilting

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