What Is Basting Sewing
When you are stitching something together, you can't help but sometimes temporarily sew an
area. This is better known as basting sewing which allows you to easily remove it.
There are two ways of doing this. First, you apply scotch tape over the area and then remove it later on.
Second, you use thread. Since this is something that has been done for many years, you can practice this technique
with your sewing machine, with safety pins or by hand.
Basting is often done to hold a zipper in place, ease a curve by pulling up the basting stitches gently and when
you prepare an area for gathering. Is there a way to go around this? Unfortunately no so you just follow these
The first thing you have to do is locate the stitch length control on your sewing machine. Those of you who have
no idea where it is should refer to the user manual.
When you have found it, set the stitch length to its maximum. On most sewing machines, the greater the number,
the longer it is. You should keep in mind that this works with most fabric except for slippery or thin ones since
doing so could damage what you are doing.
Next, place the seam that you want to baste under the needle of the sewing machine then raise it to its highest
point while you lower the presser foot. You must never back stitch when beginning or ending the seam because it
will be removed later.
You will then sew the seam with the long stitch length then remove the piece from your machine by repeating the
process again. If you did this successfully, then you have just created your basted seam.
So, how do you remove the temporary stitching? This is done by loosening the stitches with a seam ripper. You
must not plow this instrument between the layers because this increases the risk of ripping through the fabric. The
best time to do is before pressing the fabric so the temporary stitches aren't pressed.
Why did we talk more about using a sewing machine? Because it is much easier to work with even if it will take
awhile before you get it right. You can practice using scraps of fabric until you are comfortable with the
technique. By doing some research and reading books, you will be able to fix a dress, a curtain or a blanket. Just
make sure the seam ripper and the other materials you need are ready so it will be easy to work on whatever you are