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From: seamstress16
Date: 03-28-2005, 06:03 PM (1 of 4)
Hi. I was wondering, what is bartacking and how do you do it? Is it difficult?
User: seamstress16
Member since: 01-29-2005
Total posts: 88
From: Sewhappie
Date: 03-28-2005, 06:17 PM (2 of 4)
Bar tacking is a re-enforcement zig zag stitch that is done over and over in one spot on a item. Some newer machines already have a bar tack stitch built into it, on older ones you need to practice.
You can do this stitch by setting your machine on zig-zag and holding down the reverse button JUST ENOUGH to keep the fabric from moving, it disengages the feed dogs. Be careful not to break your needle or to try and tug on the fabric, that will not let the machine do the stitch.
This stitch is normally used on areas that will get a lot of strain on it, i.e. bottom of side inseam pockets on jeans, bottoms of zippers in pants, like blue jeans. We used to put them at one end of button holes on sleeves.
User: Sewhappie
Member since: 10-27-2001
Total posts: 1427
From: plrlegal
Date: 03-28-2005, 08:14 PM (3 of 4)
Bartacking can also be used in place of tying a quilt.

User: plrlegal
Member since: 05-19-2001
Total posts: 318
From: dmoses
Date: 03-29-2005, 07:44 AM (4 of 4)
If you set your stitch length at '0', and your stitch width to the width of the desired bartack, you can zigzag repeatedly on the same spot.
Take care,
User: dmoses
Member since: 02-22-2002
Total posts: 964
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