VIDEO | HOW TO STAYSTITCH
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO STAYSTITCH?
To staystitch means to sew a single row of stitches slightly within the seam allowance.
Staystitching helps to prevent seams from stretching and distorting during the sewing process. Staystitch anything with a curve or angle.
In this tutorial, Ill show you how to staystitch a bodice front and bodice back. Let’s start with the bodice front.
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1. Stitch from the shoulder to the center front, about 1/8” within the seam allowance.
For example, if the seam allowance is 5/8”, you would stitch using a 1/2” seam allowance.
2. Lift the presser foot and re-adjust the fabric as you sew along the curve of the neckline.
3. Remember to stop at center front.
4. Flip your project over and staystitch the other side.
5. Now staystitch the armholes, starting from the shoulder, down to the underarm.
6. Flip your project over and staystitch the other armhole.
7. Now that you’ve finished staystitching the neckline and armholes, clip the threads.
8. Repeat the same steps to the bodice back.