Free Basting Stitches

Here is something no embroiderer should be without: basting stitches. Especially when they are FREE.

Overall, basting files place a running stitch around the outside of the design area, temporarily securing the hooped fabric and stabilizer together. Some machines even have a basting feature built in so check your owner's manual.

Basting stitches can be included with your designs, if you have design manipulating software, or they can be stitched out as a separate file before you start embroidering your design.

Here are some of the benefits of using basting files with machine embroidery:

  • Basting helps further prevent your fabric and stabilizer from moving independently of each other. That causes puckering.
  • Because they are longer than normal stitches, basting stitches are easy to remove when finished. Just snip and pull.
  • Basting stitches work whether you have hooped fabric and stabilizer together, have hooped stabilizer and applied fabric on top with a temporary adhesive, are using a water soluble topping, or are floating a stabilizer under the hoop.
  • Basting is particularly useful when quilting in the hoop.

On to the good stuff. Here are two links to free basting stitches:

Sew Inspired by Bonnie
provides free basting stitches for EXP, DST, HUS, JEF, PES, VIP, and XXX formats. Depending on the machine, hoop sizes range from 4x4 to 8x12.

Sealed With a Kiss Embroidery
has the same formats in addition to ART and SEW.

Happy basting!

Debbie SewBlest




Comments (2) -

Did you know many embroidery machines have built in frame designs and the running stitch option can be used for basting?   The frames can be resized if they need to be larger or smaller.

Great tip, Pattiann!

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