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After overhanding the end of the hem, the hemming-stitch should follow with the same thread.
If the hemming and overhanding is not completed during the class hour, they may be assigned as home work.
It may be desirable to use this overhanding stitch at the ends of hems, to hold the edges of the material together.
The overhanding stitch is also used for seams, for patching, and for sewing on lace.
The overhanding of narrow hems is not always necessary, but the ends may be made stronger thereby, and the stitch is a valuable one for the pupils to know.
The gauging stitch is usually longer on the face than on the back, draws the material up into distinct plaits, making it easy to dispose of the fullness neatly, regularly and securely by overhanding the top edge of each plait to the bottom edge of the band.