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Basting Stitch

Basting Stitch DemoA basting stitch is an important stitch to know because it's used in almost every project you'll do.  It is used in many different situations, from easy to more complicated.  It can tack pieces together or be used to create a ruffled look to your project.  A basting stitch is so simple that you can do it by hand or by machine as it's basically just very large stitches.  Once you've learned the basting stitch, you'll find that it has a variety of uses.

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8 thoughts on “Basting Stitch

  1. D D Dazz

    Thank you Professor, this “Basting Stich” video has helped me understand the directions in the pattern.

  2. ProfessorPincushion

    I’ve never had that issue but I would use a high quality thread like gutermann.

  3. Renaissance Princess

    Now I have a question. Say you are doing a white dress (wedding or costume) and by using contrast thread, wouldn’t the chances of contrast thread color getting onto the white fabric increase?

  4. ProfessorPincushion

    no problem. I’m glad that you’re happy to help out your fellow sew-er 🙂

  5. DaleB

    Oooops! Prof, I missed your answer to Tinamarie. I must have had a senile moment. Tinamarie, use the instructions our Prof. told you about.

  6. DaleB

    If you are able to set your stitch lengths on your machine, then set it for the longest stitch you can make. I don’t know of any machines that actually have a basting stitch. My machine is set on 2.5; however, it can be lengthened to 4. So, I use 4 on any basting that I need to do by machine. There are times when you actually have to use a hand baste, but it really rare. Hope this helps. 🙂

  7. ProfessorPincushion

    It’s just going to be a regular straight stitch but you’ll have to adjust the stitch length to the longest stitch your machine can do. The stitch length might be one of the dials on top of the machine, I’d pick the one all the way to the right side. Put it on 1 straight stitch, turn the dial to the largest number and see if that gives you very long stitches. Good luck!

  8. Tinamarie

    Please bare with me . I have a stupid question . Is it possible for a machine not to have a basting stitch ? I have a brother xr-31 mechanical machine and tried finding the basting stitch but it doesn’t do it.

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