Diagonal Basting This stitch is used to hold multiple pieces of fabric together securely for a fitting. Use it to hold interfacing, linings and facing together. Create by working right to left taking the needle through the fabric at right angles to the edge.
French Knot A decorative stitch. Secure thread and draw needle to the right side of the fabric. Twist thread around the needle shaft two or three times, (alter depending on the size of the knot you want) and then, holding the twists on the needle, take the needle down very close to the point you […]
Even Basting A basting stitch used for temporary seams that will be under stress when fitted. You can also use this stitch when you are easing one piece of fabric onto another, or creating gathers. Hand stitch a longer than normal running stitch, keeping them even on both sides of the fabric.
French Tack Also called a ‘thread chain’. Used to hold garment sections loosely together. It is less durable than a thread bar, instead being softer. They are suitable for holding layers together, such as skirt layers. They are normally 1-5cm in length. Can also be used to create eyes for hooks. French tacks are hand-crocheted […]
Whip Stitch Very similar to the overhand stitch. Use it to secure hems or other projects requiring a strong invisible seam. The only difference is it create a straight stitch across the seam and not a slanting one. Work right to left, keeping stitches close together. Place the folded and pressed seam-lines to be joined […]
Uneven Basting You can use this stitch for temporary or permanent work. If you are using this stitch for permanently two pieces together, only pick up a couple of thread in the stitch to keep it invisible. To create, take small stitches about 1cm apart from each other.
Top Stitching Used for decorative purposes and also to hold seams flat or to accentuate them, like collars and lapels. Also helps strengthen and preserve their integrity. Create using a heavier thread (thread especially for top stitching is available). Begin top stitching about 6mm from the edge using a longer stitch than normal.
Thread Tracing Long even basting stitches used to indicate important areas of garment design or construction, for example; seam-lines, pockets, design details. Temporarily stitched directly onto garment for the benefit of accurate execution of construction.
Thread Bar Use to reinforce areas of stress, such as at pleat points and bottom of zippers. Can also be created for use as button loops, (known as a thread loop). To make, anchor several strands of thread in the required place. Cover with blanket stitch or button hole stitch.
Stab Stitch Used for joining thick fabrics, pockets, creating button holes and inserting shoulder pads. Creates inconspicuous stitches on the right side. Work right to left. Take the needle vertically down through the fabric and pulling to the underside. Then take the needle vertically upwards though the fabric. Form a small stitch by taking the […]