Threads Logo Threads Logo Facebook Email Pinterest Twitter Instagram YouTube Icon Headphones Icon Favorite Navigation Search Icon Forum Search Icon Main Search Icon Close Icon Video Play Icon Indicator Arrow Icon Close Icon Hamburger/Search Icon Plus Icon Arrow Down Icon Video Guide Icon Article Guide Icon Modal Close Icon Guide Search Icon

Threads Project Guides

Learn to Sew

Guide Home
Chapter
Video Series

How to Baste Darts By Hand

It's a quick way to ensure dart legs align before sewing

A hallmark of a well-sewn garment is smoothly sewn, even, symmetrical darts. Learn how to baste darts by hand to get the best results.

This hand-basting method is quick, easy, and precise. First, mark the dart legs on the fabric’s right side with a marker that leaves removable lines, such as an air-erasable or FriXion pen. Then thread a hand-sewing needle with thread that contrasts with the fabric and the thread in the sewing machine. This makes it easier to remove the basting once the darts are sewn by machine.

Baste darts with hand stitching

Working from the fabric’s right side, sew long stitches along the dart legs, alternating from side to side to create a ladder of stitches on the fabric’s right side. On the wrong side, the stitches look like typical long basting stitches. Pull the thread ends at the dart point and the opposite ends. This closes the dart, and leaves a line of running stitches to follow as you permanently sew the dart by machine.

This reader tip was provided by Leona Butchart of Lac Du Bonnet, Manitoba, Canada. It was published in Threads #118 (April/May 2005).

Learn more tips for great-looking darts

“How to Sew a Dart”

“Sew Elegant and Professional-Looking Darts”

 

Sign up for the Threads eletter

Get the latest including tips, techniques and special offers straight to your inbox.

Sign Up
×
Previous: How to Mark a Dart Accurately on Fabric Next: Mark Double-Ended Darts Accurately for Fine Sewing
Discuss

Discuss

  1. PointPatou | | #1

    I always mark and baste my darts, but I always use chalk on the wrong side of the fabric. I baste right inside the marked lines and stitch on the lines.

Log in or create an account to post a comment.

Learn to Sew

Learn to Sew

Discover the tools and techniques for successful results.

View Project Guide

View All Project Guides »

Become a member and get unlimited site access, including the Learn to Sew Project Guide.

Start Free Trial

Getting Started
Construction Basics
Garment Details
Fitting Fundamentals
Easy Projects