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How to Reinforce with Machine Stitches

WHAT IS IT?

Reinforce means to strengthen an area of your fabric piece. Often you reinforce a seam line by sewing a row of very short machine stitches.

Reinforced V

Reinforced V

Yoke on Crescent Skirt that needs reinforcing

Yoke on Crescent Skirt that needs reinforcing

WHEN DO YOU USE IT?

  • You will reinforce at the point of a V, at corners, narrow plackets or anywhere you are about to slash or clip into the seam allowance.
  • Tips + Notes
  • Draw in your stitching line with chalk or marking pencil before you begin. Doing so helps to ensure the reinforced stitching ends up in the right place, as it’s very hard to unpick.

HOW TO REINFORCE WITH MACHINE STITCHES

Set the stitch length to a very small number, 1mm–1.5mm. Start a little bit ahead of the area to reinforce and stop when you have reached the end of the area to reinforce. No need to backstitch because these small stitches are tight and won’t come apart. Clip the thread close to the stitching.

How to Reinforce with Machine Stitches

Source : The Sewtionary An A to Z Guide to 101 Sewing Techniques + Definitions
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