How to Sew Basting Stitches

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The basting stitch can avoid the use of pins on nice garments. Learn to hand sew basting stitches from a fashion designer in this free sewing video.

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This next stitch that I'm going to show you is kind of the cousin to the running stitch. It's the basting stitch and this stitch is used for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, you can use it to take away the need for pins like if you have something that you don't want to pin and you don't want to throw into the sewing machine, for example, you'll use this basting stitch or let's say you want to gather fabric. The basting stitch works really well for that and it's just basically the running stitch at a wider calculation. So I'll just go ahead and show you that so if you remember the running stitch this is how we started out. You want to put the knot on the wrong side of the fabric and like similarly like the running stitch you want to create a wide stitch, same as the running stitch but just wider. Just like that. A lot of times people use this when they're working on a zipper on a pair of pants because you have to get into a tight space and you don't want pins to be in your way so you'd put the running stitch, or the, excuse me, the basting stitch on there and then you can quickly remove it as if you were removing pins or once you're finished with the basting stitch you can use it to gather fabric just simply by pulling it and then you have a gather that you can sew in place. If you want something gathered here or here for example, you would baste that part. So that is why we use basting stitches.

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