Sewing Binder Part 1: Lesson 2 Baste & Plain seams

 

How do I sew a Baste Seam?

  1. Set your machine’s stitch length to 5.
  2. Pin 2 pieces of fabric with the right sides together (RST).
  3.  Align the edge of the fabric with the 5/8″ guide on your machines throat plate.
  4. Stitch the seam following the 5/8″ marking. (no backtacking)
  5. Press the seam flat.

When should I use a Baste Seam?

A Baste seam is used to temporarily join two pieces of fabric using a long, easily removable stitch.

  • As a “practice run” for difficult areas such as sleeves or gathers
  • Only on firm fabrics that will not show the holes left behind when stitches are removed
    (not good for delicate fabrics, like silks and satins which are easily marred)

How do I sew a Plain Seam?

  1. Pin 2 pieces of fabric with the right sides together (RST).
  2. Aline the edge of the fabric with the 5/8″ guide on your machines throat plate.
  3. Stitch the seam following the 5/8″ marking – backtacking at the beginning and end.
  4. Trim your threads.
  5. Press the seam flat.
  6. Press it open.

When should I use a Plain Seam?

A Plain Seam is the most commonly used seam for joining two pieces of fabric. It
may be left as is or finished with a seam finish.

  • Stitch length can be changed from .5 – 5 on most sewing machines.
  • Used for fabrics that will not ravel.
  • Good for seams of garments that will be covered by a lining.

7 thoughts on “Sewing Binder Part 1: Lesson 2 Baste & Plain seams

    1. Thanks so much Nikki! It’s always so sweet to heat from someone who’s been around awhile. Makes me feel more interesting than I really am. ;D

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