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What is a Basting Stitch

The basting stitch, also known as tacking, can be defined as a long running stitch mainly used to temporarily hold two or more layers of fabric together until they can be properly sewn with a permanent stitch.

Basting Stitch

Basting Stitch

It is best to do it in a color that contrasts the base fabric so that it is easy to remove after the permanent stitch is done. It can be ideally used to stitch up seams when fitting muslin. Done as long individual stitches, it comes on quite fast and can be pulled out easily. It is needed in areas that call for close control such as ease stitch, curved seams and set-in sleeves.

Instructions For Baste Stitch

Basting Stitch Picture

Basting Stitch Picture

  1. Thread the needle and tie a knot at the end.
  2. Insert the needle into the fabric from the underside to the front. You will sew from right to left.
  3. Now weave the needle in and out of the fabric forming a dashed line, taking care to keep the stitches of equal length. You can keep the length of the stitches within ½” – ¼ “. The look resembles that of a longer running stitch.

Hand Basting Stitch Video Tutorial

Types of Basting Stitches

There are two main forms of baste stitching.

  1. Even basting – This has equal length of stitches on both sides of the cloth.
Even Basting Stitch

Even Basting Stitch

  1. Uneven basting – This irregular kind of basting has a longer stitch on the right side of the fabric and a shorter length on the wrong side.
Uneven Basting Stitch

Uneven Basting Stitch

A few of the other variations follow.

Diagonal Basting Stitch

Diagonal Basting Stitch

Slip Basting Stitch

Slip Basting Stitch

You can also use loose herringbone stitch for basting.

Herringbone Basting Stitch

Herringbone Basting Stitch

Uses

If you want to make a ruffled skirt or a ruffled hemline for a pillow cover, the stitch can be of immense help. If you are doing it on a sewing machine, you need to know the specifications of the model to create stitches of the desired length.

Basting Stitch for Ruffles

Basting Stitch for Ruffles

While basting hems, you should not tack exactly the edge but somewhere near it making room for the seam allowance.

Basted Edge Stitch

Basted Edge Stitch

The method comes to your rescue while sewing invisible zippers.

Basting Stitch Zipper

Basting Stitch Zipper

Other uses include tie-dyeing, stitching hems and shoulders of suits and jackets, making pleats in kilts and sewing quilts, leather coverings of steering wheels, etc. The simple procedure serves the purpose of doing quick embroidery designs quite fittingly.

References:

http://www.wikihow.com/Gather-Fabric-into-Ruffles

http://www.iheartnaptime.net/how-to-sew-a-ruffle-four-methods/

http://www.sew4home.com/tips-resources/sewing-tips-tricks/hand-stitching-basics

http://www.craftsy.com/blog/2014/11/how-to-baste-stitch/

By  March 8th 2016

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