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Pad stitches are a type of running stitch made by placing small stitches perpendicular to the line of stitching. Pad stitches secure two or more layers of fabric together and give the layers more firmness; smaller and denser stitches create more firmness. They may also be used to enforce an overall curvature of the layers.


Tailors pad stitch a jacket's lapel and undercollar to give them more firmness and to help them maintain their curvature. The line of stitching usually runs parallel the direction of the most important curve of the layers. For example, pad stitches in a suit's lapel run parallel to the lapel's roll line; pad stitches in the undercollar of a tailored jacket run parallel to the collar's back edge.  (source: Wikipedia)


Here is a diagram of a pad stitch by Scott Perkins of "Garb for Guys":


Scott offers some excellent information on pad stitching on his blog; how to use it, where to put it, and why.  Check it out.


Here is an excellent video on pad stitching the lapel


Have you tried pad stitching?  If you have, share with us below, where you used it and the outcome.  

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Comment by marlene and Grand Daughter on May 19, 2011 at 5:09am
Sorry but I am lost , why would you want to see that on your jacket
Comment by jbsews on May 17, 2011 at 10:31pm

wow, I am learning so much from these great videos you are posting.  Thanks!!!


Comment by SharonZ on May 17, 2011 at 1:11pm
Thank you for showing this technique!
Comment by Bridget Snitchler on May 17, 2011 at 10:17am
Intriguing and very well demonstrated!  Thank you!
Comment by Patricia on May 17, 2011 at 8:53am
thank you , boy am I learning a lot !
Comment by Beth Missel on May 17, 2011 at 8:45am
Wow!  I really like how that works.  I haven't ever done a suit pattern that calls for this.  More information about the different applications for this technique would be wonderful.  Thanks for sharing!
Comment by Cynthia Stockdon on May 17, 2011 at 8:37am
I did it back in college for a tailoring project, but haven't tried it since.  Thanks for jiggling my memory!

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