Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Results 1 to 9 of 9

Thread: topstitching? HELP

  1. #1
    Belinda's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Central Illinois
    Posts
    401
    I am drawing a complete blank here :oops: ...my pattern says "finish by topstitching 1/4" from the edge all around the top of your tote." I'm not familiar with the term "topstitch". What does it mean? I KNOW lots of you can come to my rescue...Please and thank you!! :D

  2. #2
    Super Member Katrine's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    France
    Posts
    1,816
    When I make totes, I topstitch at a 1/4" from the right side around the top edge after the lining is in. It holds the lining secure without riding up. I set a longer stitch because of all the layers, and when I reach a seam, or a handle placement, I lengthen again a bit more just for that distance (or you may find your thread will snap).
    You could use a toning thread or a contrast for effect.

  3. #3
    Belinda's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Central Illinois
    Posts
    401
    What is topstitching? Just regular stitching on my machine?
    By the way...Katrine...the babies in your avatar are beautiful!! I want one so bad!!!

  4. #4
    Super Member Prism99's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Western Wisconsin
    Posts
    9,579
    Blog Entries
    1
    Yes. Topstitching is just regular straight stitching. Usually you increase your stitch length to accommodate the thicker layers you are sewing through. "Decorative topstitching" means you use a decorative stitch to do the topstitching.

  5. #5
    Super Member sewjoyce's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Posts
    9,673
    And if the fabrics are really heavy, try using your quilting foot. If not, and you have one, a 1/4" foot works great!

  6. #6
    Power Poster BellaBoo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Front row
    Posts
    14,671
    Blog Entries
    2
    You can use a twin needle and have perfectly spaced double top stitching.

  7. #7
    Super Member SulaBug's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    I am in Secret Santa Land!! :D
    Posts
    9,381
    Blog Entries
    1
    Quote Originally Posted by Belinda
    What is topstitching? Just regular stitching on my machine?
    By the way...Katrine...the babies in your avatar are beautiful!! I want one so bad!!!
    Belinda,
    I just took two pic's of a tote, I made & a close up of the top stitching. I had a hard time understanding it oo, when I was learning. Hope this helps.
    :D :D :D

    My tote bag.
    Name:  Attachment-28550.jpe
Views: 402
Size:  46.7 KB

    Close up of top-stitching.
    Name:  Attachment-28551.jpe
Views: 401
Size:  36.6 KB

  8. #8
    Moderator littlehud's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    SW Iowa
    Posts
    32,965
    Quote Originally Posted by SulaBug
    Quote Originally Posted by Belinda
    What is topstitching? Just regular stitching on my machine?
    By the way...Katrine...the babies in your avatar are beautiful!! I want one so bad!!!
    Belinda,
    I just took two pic's of a tote, I made & a close up of the top stitching. I had a hard time understanding it oo, when I was learning. Hope this helps.
    :D :D :D
    Good example of top stitching. Oh, and I love the tote.

  9. #9
    Super Member Katrine's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    France
    Posts
    1,816
    Yes, sorry forgot to add I use the walking foot!

    Belinda, Yorkies are special little guys, tiny dogs with huge hearts and attitude! Coco on left, Rascal on right.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.