Definitions

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.

Etymologies

top +‎ stitch (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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.

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  • You can even topstitch a long length of ribbon to the top edge and tie them shut with the ribbon.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Pin and topstitch one of the sides of the press stud tape to the right side of the fabric

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  • Polyester, corduroy or even topstitch denim-it didn't matter as long as there was a cool vest in there.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • I did topstitch the crotch curve, though, after it was trimmed.

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