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Stay stitching is a short straight stitch to prevent the edge of fabric stretching and ultimately warping a project. It’s most often used on apparel around curved edges such as necklines, armholes, and sometimes shoulders.
It’s important to stay stitch soon after cutting fabric. Even handling the material several times can cause irregularities in the neckline and/or armholes.
Stitch 1/8″ away from seam line. If your seam allowance is 5/8″, you will stitch 1/2″.
For curved edges, sew from the outside to the center. On necklines, start at one shoulder and stop at center front and cut your thread. Then proceed from the other shoulder to the center front. This method also applies to the back and armholes.
Sew with smaller stitch lengths for a stronger hold.
After finishing the project, you don’t need to remove the stay stitching. It will be hidden in the seam allowance.