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Tacking (Basting)

Tacking (basting) is a sewer’s best insurance policy! If you want to make sure that your sewing is straight, particularly when stitching fiddly items together, it is a great idea to tack the pieces together before sewing with your machine. Tacking can also give you much greater control and accuracy than simply pinning your items together.

Tacking (Basting)

  1. To tack two items together, simply place the two pieces together as advised within the sewing instructions, ensuring that they are neatly and evenly positioned. Thread your needle and take medium-to-large running stitches along the seam to be sewn, as shown. You may like to secure with a small knot at the start and end points, depending on the project you are working on.
  2. After you have completed your tacking, sew the section with your sewing machine and remove your tacking stitches.

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Sew Cute to Carry
12 Stylish bag patterns for handbags, purses & totes
Melanie Mcneice