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Old 03-08-2009, 10:52 AM
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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
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Old 03-08-2009, 10:58 AM
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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.
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Old 03-08-2009, 11:06 AM
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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!!!
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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.
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Old 03-08-2009, 11:57 AM
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And if the fabrics are really heavy, try using your quilting foot. If not, and you have one, a 1/4" foot works great!
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Old 03-08-2009, 12:06 PM
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You can use a twin needle and have perfectly spaced double top stitching.
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Old 03-08-2009, 01:47 PM
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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.
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Close up of top-stitching.
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Old 03-08-2009, 05:47 PM
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Originally Posted by SulaBug
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.
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Old 03-08-2009, 10:40 PM
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Yes, sorry forgot to add I use the walking foot!

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