What is Staystitching?
What is Stay-Stitching?
Stay-stitching is a row of straight stitching done on curved edges to help prevent stretching. Stay-stitching is generally done along neck edges and certain other edges that curve. When stay-stitching is indicated, the direction in which to stitch is shown in the illustration. It is always done from the outer or wider edge in towards the center or narrower edge. The only exception is a “V” neck, where the stay-stitching goes from the neck edge up to the shoulder edge.
Exactly where do I place it?
Stay stitching is done 1/8" inside of the seam allowance, between the seam line and the cut edge, however seam allowance can vary, so we always specify the amount inside of the cut edge for the stay stitching. Since the standard seam allowance is 5/8", stay-stitching is usually given as being 1/2" in from the cut edge.
Can I omit stay-stitching?
We recommend that you always do your stay-stitching as it is generally indicated for areas that are prone to stretching. Once you have transferred your pattern markings and removed the tissue, do all of your stay- stitching. It takes a few minutes to do and it gives a lifetime of stretch-free wear. Your garment will look that much more professional if you take the time to do this step. Remember...you don't have to stay stitch every seam — just where it is indicated.
Do I have to remove the stitching after I sew my seam?
No. Stay-stitching remains in the garment permanently, helping to prevent stretching and buckling. Once it is in, it is there for good. You do not have to worry about removing it. It will be invisible because it is in the seam allowance between the seam line and the cut edge.
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