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What is Stay Stitching? (2023)

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During your sewing adventures you may have come across an instruction in a pattern that reads: “Keep stitch neck edge”—or else use the expression “ keep sewing,” without really explaining what that means.

What is just keep sewing? How do you do it? When should you use it?

stay stitch

Let’s talk about what stay stitching is, as well as some tips on how to use stitch stitch so you can add this technique. To your craft repertoire!

So what is Stay Stitching?

A stay stitch is a row of stitches on a single dust layer. They are regular length stitches, about two millimeters, but you don’t remove them the way you remove basting stitches.

Fasting stitches about an inch from the outside of the seam line, within the seam allowance, and with the thread.

Since these seams by the seam and therefore not visible in the finished product, it may seem like a waste of time and a step that is easily skipped.

This is not the case–especially if you are working with fabric that can stretch during the build process.!

When should you get stuck?

Stay stitching creates a curved or beveled edge in your sewing project don’t matter while you’re making the garment.

They won’t be visible in the finished project, but not using support stitches can change the overall look of your creation! Stay stitching is an unsung hero of the sewing process and a valuable skill to have in your toolbox.

If you’re concerned about preserving the stitching, use stay stitching. size, shape and grain of your garments – something to consider on almost any project that requires multiple pieces, made from a fabric that can .

ease stitch

You want to make sure that a piece you measured in the cutting phase will keep the same dimensions afterwards, no matter how stretchy the fabric is!

Not all patterns tell you you should get stuck, but it’s a good thing to do if you’re concerned that your fabric will keep the shape it was when you first cut it.

Keep sewing is especially important when creating a neckline for a garment; there is nothing more uncomfortable than a neckline that is too loose or too tight!

What about sewing with ease?

You may also have heard the term “ease stitch” before, which is like keep stitching. Unlike backstitching, an ease stitch to the ends.

Ease stitch temporarily holds the fabric in place, but you eventually remove it from the finished product.

Easy sewing when making fitted sleeves or garments with a decorative pleat, ruffle or other decorative piece where a part to hold more fabric than another part it to.

How to get stuck

First check the sewing pattern you are using to confirm any instructions. The pattern should show at which point you should use stitching.

When in doubt, use stitching immediately after cutting your fabric pieces, before stretching can occur. You must keep stitching the pieces of fabric before attaching them together!

Stay stitching can with a sewing machine, just like any other type of stitching. As you continue to sew, use a slightly shorter stitch length than you intend to use for your seam lines.

This means thither stitches come closer together, giving a slightly stronger grip on the shape of the fabric. Remember to sew approximately one inch on the inside of your stitching line, parallel to the edge of the fabric.

To keep the stitching symmetrical, you must sides of the center of the fabric in the same direction. fabric—from outside to center.

stay stitch

If you continue to sew around a curve, such as when sewing a neckline, be careful not to straighten the fabric because it is approaching the presser foot. Straightening can easily become stretching, and that’s exactly what you’re trying to avoid!

Sew the fabric slowly, turning the fabric gently as you sew, keeping the stitches even distance from the edge of the material.

When I finish your sewing, check the measurements of your fabric again against the original pattern.

If, despite your best efforts, you notice the piece has stretched, gently pull the piece back into shape by taking a pin and pulling every third stitch, until the piece returns to its original size.

If the stitching is still a little too tight, consider cutting a few stitches here and there to loosen it up.

Here is a video with more details on how to get stuck.


Now that you know how to get stuck, you better you to keep your sewing projects in size and shape you want them to be!

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Mutasim Sweileh

Mutasim is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a site dedicated to those passionate about crafting. With years of experience and research under his belt, he sought to create a platform where he could share his knowledge and skills with others who shared his interests.