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Sewing Tips - How To Sew More Professional Looking Top-Stitching

By Marian Lewis

Here is a sewing tip to add to your sewing techniques book.

Learn how to sew more professional looking top-stitching at the sewing machine using your regular sewing thread.

Use the same thread that you used to sew your garment for a matching top-stitching. Or, use a contrasting thread for more definition.

When you top-stitch with a single thread, it seems to sink into your fabric and is not very noticeable.

For more professional looking top-stitching, try using three threads on the top of the sewing machine.

You don't need to buy three spools of thread to do this.

Just wind three bobbins of sewing thread and place them on the spindle at the top of the sewing machine where you normally place your single spool of thread.

Try to have your bobbins full to begin top-stitching.

Fill one bobbin as you normally do for the bobbin case.

Thread the bottom bobbin as usual.

Hold the end of each of the top three bobbin threads together in your hand and thread them as one thread through your sewing machine and needle. Moistening the threads first seems to help.

You may need a needle threader to help you do this. You can find a needle threader in the notions department of your favorite sewing or fabric store or you may already have one in your sewing case.

Set your sewing machine stitch for a longer stitch (about 6 to 8 stitches per inch).

Stitch very slowly and straight. Use a stitching guide or tape to help you if you need it.

This makes a very elegant top-stitch. Try it!

Stitch multiple rows about 1/8 inch apart for a high quality look.

Contrasting thread adds more definition. Try using white or a metallic gold or silver thread on a dark fabric or a darker shade of thread on a light fabric. Experiment on scraps to get the look you want.

Check out the finest ready-to-wear boutiques for more top-stitching ideas.

You are the designer! Have fun with top-stitching.
Three threads are better than one!
It just makes sense!

©2009 Marian Lewis - All Rights Reserved 1st Step To Sewing Success

 


Rowan Kaffe Fassett Thread 9 Piece Circus


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From Rowan/ Westminster Fibers, these colors were handpicked by designer Kaffe Fassett to accompany his Circus fabric collection.


  • Includes 9 spools Nr. 50
    100% Extra long staple mercerized Giza cotton
    200 yards, 183 meters
    Exceptional Sewing & quilting performance
    Modern processing results in a consistent, strong thread with virtually no lint
    Harmonizes with Amy Butler and Kaffe Fassett fabrics

 


Rowan Kaffe Fassett Thread 9 Piece Stones


Rowan Kaffe Fassett Thread 9 Piece Stones


From Rowan/ Westminster Fibers, these colors were handpicked by designer Kaffe Fassett to accompany his Stones fabric collection.


  • Includes 9 spools Nr. 50
    100% Extra long staple mercerized Giza cotton
    200 yards, 183 meters
    Exceptional Sewing & quilting performance
    Modern processing results in a consistent, strong thread with virtually no lint
    Harmonizes with Amy Butler and Kaffe Fassett fabrics

 


Rowan Amy Butler Thread 9 Piece Love


Rowan Amy Butler Thread 9 Piece Love


From Rowan/ Westminster Fibers, these colors were handpicked by designer Amy Butler to accompany her Love fabric collection.


Includes 9 spools
Nr. 50
100% Extra long staple mercerized Giza cotton
200 yards, 183 meters
Exceptional Sewing & quilting performance
Modern processing results in a consistent, strong thread with virtually no lint
Harmonizes with Amy Butler and Kaffe Fassett fabrics

 


Rowan Amy Butler Thread 9 Piece Soul Blossoms Rowan Amy Butler Thread 9 Piece Soul Blossoms

From Rowan/ Westminster Fibers, these colors were handpicked by designer Amy Butler to accompany her Soul Blossoms fabric collection.

 Includes 9 spools
Nr. 50
100% Extra long staple mercerized Giza cotton
200 yards, 183 meters
Exceptional Sewing & quilting performance
Modern processing results in a consistent, strong thread with virtually no lint
Harmonizes with Amy Butler and Kaffe Fassett fabrics

 


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Comment by Carolyne Foley on June 17, 2009 at 5:39pm
Yes, keep that eye on the guide. I teach teenager to sew and once they get that tip the stitching not only stays straight they want to stitch and stitch and stitch. Some times I place a piece of coloured masking tape on the throat plate to remind them.
Comment by Megin on June 17, 2009 at 12:47pm
Great tip! I'm going to try it on a diaper bag I'm making. Thanks!
Comment by Londa Rohlfing on June 17, 2009 at 8:36am
I would add that to stitch straight - ALWAYS have your eye on a guide - of some type - and that usually means NOT on the needle. A post note, a line on your throat plate, a notch on your foot...something! Here is where I also make great use of very tiny needle position capability...move the needle one way or the other side to side - but keep a GUIDE working.
Comment by memasanders on June 17, 2009 at 8:33am
Thanks that is agreat tip and it sounds like fun!

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