The Elizabeths (yes, there are two of them) at Simple Simon & Co. have a post up over at Sew, Mama, Sew! where they talk about basting, both by machine and by hand. I will admit, that this is one sewing technique that doesn’t see much practice in my studio – especially hand basting. I think it’s because I don’t like to rip out the stitches later. Lazy, I know! But basting does have a purpose, and I should do it more often. The temporary and quickly sewn stitches will hold your fabrics together so they won’t shift while you put in permanent stitches, and they’ll do it without the puckering that you often get with pins. Go to Sew, Mama, Sew! to read about how to baste by hand or by machine.
[photo from Simple Simon& Co. on Sew, Mama, Sew!)
By Anne Weaver