What Is Top Stitching

Top stitching is a simple step that makes a major difference in the outworking of your garment. In sewing, some patterns will instruct you to top stitch several areas of a pattern or several different pattern pieces.Why is this done?  It is to stabilize the area of your pattern that is to be stay stitched.  
Take for example the neckline.  
Stay stitching can prevent excess stretching which can leave a neckline looking a mess!  You know...if the neckline is terrible, this will reflect on the entire garment.

 Generally in sewing, you will stitch a 5/8" seam allowance. With stay stitching, the amount you sew will be either 1/4", 3/8", or 1/2" depending on your pattern instruction or your preference. 
For my demo, I'm using a 3/8" stitch. you will stitch your stay stitch inside of your seam allowance.  The stay stitch will be permanent and will not be seen. Stay stitching is done in other areas of your garments as well...for example:
 the waistline of skirts.....

any type of neckline especially v-neck...
armholes...
and also, facings.
So, remember, if your pattern calls for stay stitching, as tedious and meaningless as it may seem, stay stitch your pattern piece for a better and nicer fit to your garment....Happy Sewing!

For a video tutorial on stay stitching click the link below  If you like my videos and want to learn more sewing tips, subscribe to my channel.

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