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deedie415
« on: April 28, 2007 12:08:42 AM »

I am working on my third sewing project ever. I am making a dress.The pattern directions say to Stay Stitch front and back neck edges. What is stay stitching? Do I do this with a the machine or by hand? 
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« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2007 03:18:23 AM »

Stay stitching is just a row of machine stitches (straight stitches) along the neck edges that you don't remove afterwards.  They are there to prevent the fabric stretching at the neck when you handle the garment as it is meant to support the grain of the fabric.  It usually says on the pattern how far you make them in from the cut edge and it is done on a single layer of fabric.

Hopefully that helps, I have only sewn one garment (Built by Wendy 3835) and that information is gleaned from the instructions and my Sewing for Dummies book!
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« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2007 04:33:21 AM »

yup just like NewLeodensian said and if it doesnt say on the pattern how far in to do it, make sure do it so its within the seam (like sew your stay stitching 1cm in from the cut edge if you sew your seam 1.5cm from the cut edge)
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« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2007 11:30:15 AM »

Thanks you two, that was very helpful. I have one another question, do I follow the arrows in the image below and sew inward? When I get to the middle , stop and start on the other end? Or just start at one end and not stop? Hit the link to see the image. I'm still new so i can't post pics yet.  Sad
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« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2007 11:47:37 AM »

I think that is done to prevent stretching the neckline out of shape.  It doesn't distort the grain so much if you staystitch in two steps and then it will be nice and smooth.  You don't change direction when you come to sew the neckline in a seam though (just in stay stitching).  Does that make sense?  Like you, I am still new at this so hopefully that is right!
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deedie415
« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2007 11:53:34 AM »

What do you mean by stay stitch in two steps? do it twice?
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« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2007 01:07:24 PM »

No, I mean by following the arrows.  You go down from one shoulder to the centre of the neck and then from the other shoulder to the centre, so that they meet in the middle.  If you look at the drawing on the pattern sheet, you need to do the stay stitch in the direction of the arrows.  You don't sew it all in one go like you do when you sew a seam.  Does that make more sense? 
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« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2007 01:40:27 PM »

yea that makes more sense. thanks Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: April 28, 2007 04:38:52 PM »

I am glad.  Good luck with whatever you are making!!!
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