You probably have seen basting stitches used in many of our projects. Here are three reasons why basting stitches are useful.
Basting stitches are a wonderful tool for helping to hold embroidered items to hooped stabilizer. After embroidery, you just snip them and remove.
Check your manual as most embroidery machines have the capability to baste around the embroidery design. (Note from Bonnie: Even if your machine doesn't have an automatic basting feature, if it has a "frame" feature with a single run stitch, you can manually create a basting stitch to fit around your design.) Otherwise, you can find free files by searching online.
Here are some examples of when you should use basting stitches.
If you can’t hoop an item, you often float it on the stabilizer. That is where basting stitches are particularly necessary. Basting the Item to the stabilizer helps to keep it in place while embroidering.
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Basting stitches also help hold slippery fabrics like organza, as well as bulky items like toweling or quilt batting layers, securely in place.
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Basting stitches also help hold mylar in place, like in the Mylar Wing Needle Butterflies project.
Since they outline the design area, basting stitches not only help to hold items in the hoop, they can also be used as a check against proper design placement.
With multi-hooped projects, running the basting stitch before starting embroidery helps to be sure that the design is going to stitch exactly where you want.
If the basting stitch (design area) is not lined up properly, snip, re-hoop, and baste again.
You can add basting stitches to just the stabilizer to help position an odd-shaped blank like this one used to create the Sew Eggsquisite Basket Liner.
How do you use basting stitches?
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