The basting stitch in machine embroidery
The basting stitch in machine embroidery

The basting stitch in machine embroidery

When are basting stitches needed in machine embroidery?


Impossibility of trapping the fabric in the frame
Sometimes it’s best not to get the fabric caught in the frame for a variety of reasons. Sometimes the fabric is too fragile (silk, organza…), or the fabric is very stretchy (jersey) or the fabric may retain the traces of the frame. (These traces however disappear most of the time in the wash. However, we prefer not to have to wash the work before)

Impossibility to glue the fabric:
This is particularly the case for very fine and light fabrics that cannot be washed on which there are residues of glue.

The part of the garment to be embroidered is too narrow to be fixed in the frame
The part to be embroidered is at the end of the fabric
In these cases, it is recommended to place the fabric outside the frame!


What is a basted stitch
It is stitching in large stitches all around the future location of the pattern. (The best thing is to position them as close as possible to the location of the embroidery).

This basting stitch will fix the fabric on the stabilizer material and keep it perfectly in place during the embroidery. It is then enough to unsew this frame, once the embroidery is finished.

How to make a basted stitch?
First of all, fix the fabric “outside the frame” on the embroidery stabilizer, in order to keep the whole in place while the basting is done.

Your machine has the automatic basting stitch option: refer to the user manual of your machine (look for the “basting embroidery” option).
You have embroidery software: All you have to do is add a rectangular or square shape around your pattern, to which you apply a simple stitch with the longest stitch length possible.
You do not have any software and your machine does not have an automatic basting stitch: You can absolutely make a basting directly with your sewing machine.

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