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Use Stay Stitching?

Virginia Mom | Posted in General Sewing Info on

Hello sewing friends! Question: I am underlining the fitted bodice of my daughter’s wedding dress. As recommended in an earlier issue of Threads, I’m handling the fashion fabric (a beaded chiffon) with the underlining as one piece, and will hand-baste the two layers together before going ahead with construction. Normally, with a fitted bodice, I’d stay stitch the curves to give a secure edge for clipping. Will I be adding another source for puckers or other problems by doing so with this project? Any recommendations? BTW, my machine’s tension adjusts beautifully for these light fabrics, so that shouldn’t be an issue.


  1. NovaSkills | | #1

    Shorten your basting stitches where stay-stitching would be needed, and it'll do the same job.

    1. Virginia Mom | | #3

      I wondered about that: I was concerned because machine stitching seems so much more stable.BTW does Nova refer to Northern Virginia?

  2. user-51823 | | #2

    definitely stay-stitch to avoid worse problems. be very sure the 2 layers of fabric are on the same grainline so they will act the same way.

  3. HeartFire2 | | #4

    Stay stitch the underlining only. This is the support for the beaded fabricwhich will more or less jut float over the underlining.

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