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Date: 7/7/13 7:02 PM

I posted a video on my blog on how I start and end my seams without back stitches. It was created for a fellow new sewer that asked me how I did it.

I know it is probably common sense for many, but just in case it may help others I thought I'd share it:

How to Start and End Seams Without Back Stitches

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Kevin

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Date: 7/7/13 7:49 PM

You will be getting pros and cons regarding this method. So, I will go first. Your method is fine for clean top stitch. Now here comes the however...for seams you could start and stop with the stitch length at zero, or if there will be an intersecting seam, no anchor stitching is needed.

Your video is excellent; clear picture and audio.

PS: For those of us with older eyes, self threading needles are super!



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Date: 7/7/13 11:35 PM

Thank you for your input Patti.

I appreciate the comment on the video/audio quality. I just spend some $$$$ on a new camera and mic, so much appreciated.

I have used the method you mention with some limited success. It always depends on the fabric and thread being used. I just always notice the first tacking stitch looks different no matter what though. Again, that is just me! That is what lead me to using this technique especially on silky fabrics I use on my wife's clothing.

BTW, my drive for perfection and attention to very small details drives my wife crazy at times. LOL!

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Date: 7/8/13 1:35 AM

That is about how I do it too, not for all seams that show though, only if it is some more heavy top stitching, and if I'm being rather picky right there. I do use those handicap needles that you just pop the thread in the top, and don't bother to thread up a real needle. One thing I do different is after tying it off on the back, I still don't cut the threads, instead I pop them back into the needle and then slide the needle in between the layers of fabric for an inch or so bring it back up on the back, pull the thread so fabric is kind of gathered there, then cut it. That way I don't have any cut thread ends on the back of the fabric at all actually, they are more buried between fabric layers.

I mostly just do that on some heavy top stitching on something that might really show, particular if you take your jeans in at the back waist and then have to split the jeans waist band unpick some and then sew it back down. But in places like that, if you want to blend it in with existing top stitching, that does work pretty good.

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Date: 7/8/13 1:05 PM

That is a great idea Beau. I'll have to give it a try.

Thanks!

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