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Topstitch

Topstitch is a line of machine sewing that is used to add a decorative finish and also to attach pockets or other items to your projects. ...

Hand Stitches

With a single strand of perle cotton, bring the needle up from the wrong side of the fabric at A. Keep the thread taut with a thumb while wrapping it around the needle 2 times (or 3 times for my “candy knot”) with your other hand. ...

Whipstitch to close zipper tape

How to Sew A Whipstitch

A whipstitch is a quick hand stitch that is used to “whip” two edges together. This stitch is visible, so it’s usually done on the inside of the garment or other places where it will not show from the right side. ...

Topstitching with Topstitching Thread

How to Topstitch

Topstitching is a row of stitching that’s intentionally visible on the right side of your garment. Topstitching can be done in a contrasting color or in a color that matches and blends in with your garment. Use decorative stitching or just plain straight stitching. ...

Zigzagged seam finish

How to Sew A Zigzagged Seam Finish

A zigzag seam finish is a seam finish done with a row of zigzag stitching sewn on a regular sewing machine. The seam is pressed open or pressed to one side with zigzag stitching sewn along the seam allowances to keep them from fraying. ...

How to sew a Bound Seam Finish with Seam Binding (2)

How to sew a Bound Seam Finish with Seam Binding

A bound seam finish has seam allowances that are enclosed with fabric strips, seam binding or bias tape. The seam allowances can be pressed open with each side bound separately or pressed to one side with both seam allowances bound together. ...

Godet detail

How to Sew A Godet

A godet, pronounced go-DAY, is a triangular insert at the edge of a garment. Godets are used to add volume to a garment at the hemline. On narrow garments, for example a slim skirt, godets are added to allow movement. On already wide garments, godets are added as decorative elements, as a place to insert other fabrics or to add even more volume. Godets can be small triangles or as big as quarter or half circles! ...

How to sew a fly (5)

How to Sew A Fly

A fly closure is a type of placket with an overlapping opening and either a button or zipper closure, usually at the center front of a garment. Fly closures can be cut as an extension of the front or as separate pieces sewn to the opening. An extension inside the fly opening protects your skin from the zipper teeth. This type of closure is strong and sturdy, so it works well on pants and jeans. On the outside of the garment, a topstitching line outlines the fly closure. ...