The crow’s foot tack is similar to the arrowhead tack. Begin by marking a small triangle in the required place. Bring the needle up from the wrong side through the bottom left corner of the triangle. Take a diagonal stitch from right to left through the top point, then repeat this in the bottom right […]
A stitch normally used to join two seams without any bulk. Used on interfacings. Begin by laying fabrics right sides up and just touching at the edges to be joined. Take the needle through the fabric about 1cm away from the edge. Repeat this on the other side taking with a stitch distance between 1-1.5cm. […]
Tacks are mainly used to secure the ends of pockets and pleats were added reinforcement are needed. When done correctly they are also an attractive feature. Bar tacks are more commonly found in mens tailored garments. To make a bar tack, stitch several long stitches together along the area required. Then overhand these stitches, catching […]
Catchstitch This stitch allows a certain amount of elasticity in a seam and is often used in hemming. It is formed by criss-crossing the stitches over two pieces of fabric butted together. Work left to right. Secure the thread and take the needle in a little stitch from right to left on one edge. Take […]
Crows Foot Tack Tacks are mainly used to secure the ends of pockets and pleats were added reinforcement are needed. When done correctly they are also an attractive feature. The crow’s foot tack is similar to the <a class=”contentlink” href=”arrowheadtack.php”>arrowhead tack</a>. Begin by marking a small triangle in the required place. Bring the needle up […]
Continuous Speed Tailors Tack Use this stitch to transfer markings from the pattern directly to the garment piece. With the pattern piece still pinned to the cut fabric, take a doubled up threaded needle and stitch little stitches about 5cm apart from each other. Keep the stitches quite loose. When you have finished, snip through […]
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.
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.
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.