July 14, 2023
Debbie SewBlest , EMB 101
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Here are a couple of reasons why basting stitches are
useful in machine embroidery.
What Are Basting Stitches?
Basting stitches are a wonderful tool for helping to
hold embroidered items to hooped stabilizer. They stitch a block around the
embroidery area or slightly inside the hoop area. After embroidery, you just snip
them and remove the threads.
Check your manual as most embroidery machines have the
capability to baste or frame around the embroidery design. Otherwise, you can
find free files by searching online.
Many in-the-hoop designs and quilting designs have
basting stitches already built in. Here are some examples of when you should
use basting stitches.
When Should You Use Basting Stitches?
If you can’t hoop an item, you often float it on the
stabilizer. That is where basting stitches are particularly necessary. Basting
the Item to the stabilizer helps to keep it in place while embroidering.
Basting stitches also help hold slippery fabrics like organza, as well as bulky
items like toweling or quilt batting layers, securely in place.
Adding a Topper
When embroidering towels, linens, or
fleece blankets, an embroidery
topper helps to keep stitches from sinking out of sight. Basting stitches hold
toppers in place.
If you embroider designs that include mylar, basting
stitches also help hold it in place.