How to Baste Darts By HandIt's a quick way to ensure dart legs align before sewing
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).
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