How (and Why) to Top Stitch

  Last week we talked about under stitching a seam.  This week I thought I’d talk about another of those many, many types of stitches that show up on patterns, top, or over stitching.

  As for the “why” of this stitch, it’s more or less decorative.  It does keep your seam allowances laying flat, but that’s about it.  Don’t expect this stitch to re-enforce your seam or really effect your lining (it’s done on the outer fabric and usually doesn’t touch the lining), it’s just a pretty finishing thing.
  As with most of these stitches, start by sewing your seam as normal.  Leave the recommended seam allowance and press the seam flat (with the seam allowances spread to each side).
  Because this is basically a “vanity” stitch, you can do it either on one side of the seam or both (like the picture at the top of the page).  Use the seam itself as your guide for stitching and put the new line as close or as far as you want.  (one of the great things about “unnecessary” stitches is that you get a lot of latitude in how you do them!)
  When your seam is finished the back should look like this.
  Again, this stitch isn’t one that does anything for your garment structurally, but it can make a big difference in making your piece look “store bought” instead of “home-made” without adding a whole lot of work to the process.
  As always, send me an email, leave me a comment, find me on Twitter or stop by the Facebook page and say hi if you have any questions or comments!
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