Topstitching on bag and clutch flaps not only helps tame bulky edges, but creates a perfect final touch. If your first attempts at bag making are looking a little wonky then try some of these easy tips.
Topstitching Purses and Clutches
- Stitch Length – Try a longer stitch length of 3.0 – 4.0. This is partly a personal preference, but I find that longer stitch lengths tend to look nicer and be a little more forgiving.
- Foot – Using a 1/4 inch (6mm) topstitch foot with a guide can easily help you create perfectly even top-stitching on your flap. Practice first – It took me a few attempts to get used to hugging the curves but now this is my preferred method.
- Mark – If you need to sew freehand without a topstitching foot, use a removable or disappearing pen to mark where you need to sew. Please test first to make sure your pen really does disappear on your fabric!
- Tape – Place a piece of tape on your machine plate at the desired width for more accurate stitching.
- Thread – Topstitching threads are thicker, giving a professional and eye-catching appearance. If you are a beginner and would like a more subtle and forgiving look, just use a regular thread in a matching color.
- Needles – The edges of flaps can get a little bulky so use a sharp and strong needle such as a topstitching needle.
- Press – After you have topstitched your flap, press well to meld your stitches into the fabric.
- Don’t backstitch – If your stitching ends in an area where the ends will be visible don’t backstitch. Instead, pull the threads to the underside and tie them off. This looks especially nice when you are sewing pleats or tucks.
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