| Date posted: February 17th, 2012


There is an old saying “it’s what’s on the inside that counts,” and this can be related to sewing in many ways.

One of those hidden important indicators of quality is staystitching. This is a simple but important technique that prevents curved and angled seams such as shoulders and necklines from stretching out of shape during garment construction.  Staystitching typically takes a few minutes and helps give your garment a professional look—now who doesn’t like that? Better yet, the where and how of staystitching is simple. If you can sew a straight line you can do this.

Staystitching is a short, straight stitch that is sewn between the seam line and the raw edge through a single layer of fabric. Beginner sewers should follow pattern instructions, which will detail the placement and direction. As a rule, begin your stitching at the outer or wider edge, sewing towards the centre or narrower edge, using a shorter stitch length. Of course there is an exception, when sewing a “V” neck, begin your staystitching at the point of the “V” sewing towards the shoulder edge. Staystitching is done after you remove the tissue from your cut fabric pieces. It is done early in the sewing process to prevent the fabric from becoming distorted during sewing and pressing, and it’s not removed after the garment is completed. Do not worry—the staystitching will be inside the seam allowance, so it will be hidden but still supporting your fabulous garment once complete.

Remember: A staystitch is a short stitch length, and on a standard 5/8” (1.5 cm) seam allowance, a staystitch should be done ½” (1 cm) from the raw edge. A staystitch is sewn 1/8” (5 mm) to the right of a seam.



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Sewing has always been a part of Christine's life, One of her earliest & fondest memories is that of her mother sewing in the family room. Christine started making doll clothes by hand at a...

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