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Posted on: 12/6/08 11:02 PM
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Stay stitching works best when it is the first thing you do. I've noticed on several of my patterns that this step is shown on the neckline after the shoulder seams are done. This is way too late. By then you have moved the garment around a lot and the neckline has already been stressed. It's best to stay stitch immediately after transferring any markings. Stitch from shoulder to center back or front on each side. I also stay stitch my knits using a walking foot. Put it near the edge so it can be trimmed off when the neckline is finished and you want the stretch back.

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burlington said... (1/16/09 5:37 AM) Reply
yes u are right,although am a beginner but it takes common sense to know that some areas of fabric tend to stretch and therefore staystitching is the required option.
ryansmumAria said... (12/10/08 0:04 AM) Reply
This is a great hint and one that most students don't do but would alleviate fitting problems later on. I love Petro's idea of the masking tape - I'm going to try that. Thanks for the reminder. D
Sarah J Doyle said... (12/9/08 9:54 PM) Reply
Great tip! I also stay stitch first, but it took a few "errors" for me to decided to start with the stay stitching. Live and learn, I guess. Thanks for passing this along.
petro said... (12/7/08 7:50 AM) Reply
I also stay stitch first. As an added security on things I know will stretch, such as V necklines, I use a strip of masking tape put in the seam allowance before lifting the piece from the cutting table. I generally cut my tape strip with a rotary cutter so its narrower than the s.a. and do this before starting to lay out patterns where I'll need to use it.
Kirstenw said... (12/6/08 11:41 PM) Reply
Excellent advice. It seems so simple. I have been doing this for quite a few years now, and its the best thing I could have started doing. I now stay stitch any seam that might decide to stretch.
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