Wednesday, March 19, 2008

How to Sew a Topstitched Seam

Topstitched seams are decorative and give a sporty, tailored, or contrasting finish to a garment or home decorative item. It holds bulky seam allowances flat and emphasizes the seams of a garment.

1. Stitch a 5/8" standard seam. Press seam allowances open.

2. Topstitch along each side of the seam, through both layers of fabric. Keep stitching a straight and equal distance from the seam line.

An alternative method is to press both seam allowances to one side as indicated on the pattern. Topstitch through all three layers of fabric.

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