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Hand Stitching In Garment Construction

          During your garment construction, you’ll be using a variety of stitches, including basting, gathering and hemming stitches.  Shown on this post and following posts are some of the more common stitches you’ll be using, along with instructions on how to make the stitch, and where they are typically used.

           BASTING:  Hand basting is used to temporarily hold together two or more fabric layers during fitting and construction.  Even basting is used in areas that require close control, such as curved seams, seams with ease, and set-in sleeves.  Short (about ¼”) temporary stitches are taken the same distance apart.  Working from right to left, take several evenly spaced stitches onto the needle before pulling it through.

           UNEVEN BASTING is used for general basting and for marking.  Like even basting, these are short temporary stitches, about ¼” long, but taken about 1 inch apart.

            Next week we’ll start covering various hemming stitches.

           These “how to” tutorials are an excerpt from our book “Basic Clothing Construction”.   This book is a handy addition to have in your sewing room, so you can refer to the various sewing tips and tutorials at any tim

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