from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To sew a row of stitching close to the seam or edge of (a garment) on the outer side of the fabric.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. (uncountable) A sewing technique, most often used on garment edges such as necklines and hems, where it helps facings to stay in place and gives a crisp edge.
- n. An individual stitch of this kind.
- v. To stitch in this fashion.
It might be easier to add pockets if you make the pockets out of a non-knit material and topstitch the edges where the knit and non-knit fabrics meet.
You can even topstitch a long length of ribbon to the top edge and tie them shut with the ribbon.
The instructions say to iron 1/4 inch seams and then topstitch, but I know I would have burnt myself trying to do this - the way I did it looks just fine.
You don't even have to make yourself crazy with shortening the petticoat and then sewing the ruffle onto the hem; just topstitch the ruffle onto the finished "petticoat" so that the bottom of the ruffle is even with the "petticoat" hem.
So, I put it together in much the same way that I do table mats, bibs & scarves – right sides together, stitch around the outsides, turn rightside out, topstitch.
Pin and topstitch one of the sides of the press stud tape to the right side of the fabric
Polyester, corduroy or even topstitch denim-it didn't matter as long as there was a cool vest in there.
The solution was to piece together lengths to make up the needed parts - easy enough to do if you just lay one tuck on top and topstitch over it.
Also, don't be afraid to create your own denim cutoffs, and prevent the dreaded continuous fray by sewing a topstitch right above the cut.
I did topstitch the crotch curve, though, after it was trimmed.
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