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Basting

Hi there, Now if I haven't grew up around aunts that were all sewing crazy, and someone mentioned basting to me, I would have gone looking for the turkey. But when you are sewing, basting or baste, means to temporarily join fabric together with large removable stitches.

You use basting to hold something in place to test the fit or the look of an alteration and it help control fabric for final stitching. It is also used to temporarily close a seam to insert a zipper.

You can get some sewing thread here if you need some for sewing or basting

Their are three ways to baste.

1) Machine Basting
2) Hand Basting
3) Pin Basting


Pinning & Basting

Machine Basting

  1. Place the pieces of fabric in the correct position.
  2. Loosen the thread tension on your sewing machine.
  3. Set your machine's stitch length to its longest.
  4. Stitch along the seam or hemline.


Hand Basting

  1. Place the pieces of fabric in the correct position.
  2. Make a series of running stitches along your hem or seam line.
  3. With a threaded needle sew up through the fabric, then down and up again, at roughly 1/4-inch intervals.
  4. Make several stitches with your needle before pulling the thread through.
  5. Complete the stitching by making two backstitches close together.
  6. Then sew the fabric together, after you've made sure that your seam or hemline is correct.
  7. Now remove your hand basting by picking out the backstitches.
  8. Then just pull the thread through to remove it.

Pin Basting

  1. Place the pieces of fabric in the correct position.
  2. Insert dressmaker pins through both pieces of fabric so the pins are at right angles.
  3. Place a pin about every 2 to 3 inches.
  4. If the fabric needs adjusting then do it now and then re-pin.
  5. Then stitch the fabric together.

* Play it save and remove the pins as you get to them. Some machines can get damaged if you don't remove the pins.

You can get some sewing thread here if you need some for sewing or basting


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