Learn how to sew perfect top stitching on your next sewing project. Top stitching can be both functional and decorative and is used extensively on bags and clothing. Take a look in your cupboard at just how many items have top stitching. With these 9 simple tips you will be able to add beautiful, neat and even topstitching to all your sewing patterns.
9 Top Stitching Tips – for great results every time
Use a topstitching thread. Topstitching threads are usually thicker than regular thread giving a professional and eye-catching appearance. (Read types of sewing threads)
Choose an appropriate color thread. If you are a beginner you will be better off choosing a matching thread which will blend into the fabric. More experienced sewers may use a contrast thread.
Use a specially designed foot. Most machines come with an edge stitch foot (also called a stitch in the ditch foot.) Depending on how close to the edge your topstitching needs to be, you could also use a 1/4 inch patchwork foot. (Read – 10 best sewing machine feet)
Use the right needles. Most brands have a topstitching needle. Generally, they have a larger eye so the thicker thread can pass through it without catching. (Read sewing needle types)
If possible mark the line you will be stitching along with removable pen or tailor’s chalk. (Read – best fabric marking tools)
6. STITCH LENGTH
Use a longer stitch length. For top stitching, I generally use a length of 3.0-4.0. This gives a nice even look to the topstitching.
7. DON’T BACKSTITCH.
On items where the beginning and ending stitching will show, pull the threads to the back and knot instead of backstitching.
Before you start topstitching your project, test a scrap of fabric and make sure it all looks great. Adjust the tension if necessary.
Press after you have sewn. This will meld your stitches into the fabric improving the topstitching look even further.