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user-86333 | Posted in General Sewing Info on

I need a definition and a how to for whipstitch. 


  1. suesew | | #1

    This has been a good mental exercise. A whipstitch simply joins two layers together with a small stitch into both at once, then moving to the next stitch as close or as far as you need with the thread laying on top of the fabric.
    Whip stitches are usually done where two edges need to be tacked together but the end result doesn't show.

    1. user-86333 | | #2

      I'm in the process of making a pair of capri's and in the pattern it says to whipstitch across a zipper.  I'm self taught and have been sewing for the last ten years, but i've never heard of whipstitch before and don't know exactly how to do it.  I would greatly appreciate any help you can give me.  Thanks

      1. SewNancy | | #3

        The only thing that occurs to me as to  why one would whip stitch across a zipper is if you are shortening from the bottom and need a new stop.  I try to shorten from the top, but if you need to shorten from bottom, I would use a close zigzag that crosses the zipper to keep it from comming apart at the bottom.  If I am shortening from top, I cut it off after putting on facing or waistband and that keeps the tab from comming off.


        1. user-86333 | | #4

          Thank you, that hadn't even occured to me.  I guess i've focused to much on their way instead of making a new way.  Thank you again. 

  2. Jean | | #5

    How about a picture. Can be used to join two edges together too.

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  3. Hansi | | #6

    In the Caroline Wrey book, Finishing Touches, page 35 there's a description of how to do a whip stitch:  First you do a line of running stitches.  Then you 'whip' the stitches by taking the needle from right to left under each running stitch in turn.  I found the book in the public library.



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