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.
- 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.
- After you have completed your tacking, sew the section with your sewing machine and remove your tacking stitches.
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