The basting stitch (also referred to by some as a tack or tacking stitch), is one of the first hand sewing principles a beginner should learn how to perform. It sets down the foundations of basic sewing and leads on, to more decorative and technical techniques. As the old adage states “you must learn to walk before you can run“. The basting stitch is similar in method to the running stitch.
So what exactly is a basting or tacking stitch?
The basting / tacking stitch is a temporary measure that is used to hold two or more fabric layers together usually perform by hand, but can be completed on a sewing machine if preferred.
There is no real rule as to the size of stitch you must use and can vary greatly dependent on what part of the garment you want to use it on.
There are two techniques which fall under this criteria. They are –
1 The “even” basting stitch (where both stitches are equal in length on both sides of the fabric), and
2 The “uneven” basting stitch (where the stitches and the spaces are unequal in length, being longer on the surface and shorter on the underneath).
Colleen’s Tip : Where there is to be strain or tension in any area of the garment during the construction process, e.g. during initial fitting, use and even basting stitch, i.e smaller stitch widths (around 1cm in length)
The Basting Stitch – A How to Guide
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