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From: Mandi
Date: 04-01-2005, 09:25 PM (1 of 2)

My friend and I are making a purse and it told us to sew the handles and then baste the edges. We have no idea what this means...any insight would be greatly appreciated!

User: Mandi
Member since: 03-15-2005
Total posts: 8
From: paroper
Date: 04-02-2005, 04:49 AM (2 of 2)
Basting is a long temporary running stitch that is usually used to either shape something (by pulling strings and easing fullness) or to temporarly hold something in place. It can be just a long stitch by hand or it can be the longest stitch setting on your machine. If it is for easing (I don't think so in this case), it is better for it to be a machine stitch because the less pucker the better. If it is just to hold something, it can easily be by hand or machine. It can be removed when the article is finished (or it can be left in, depending upon your personal taste) and if it shows or not.

Bernina 200e, Artista V5 Designer Plus, Explorations, Magic Box, Bernina 2000DE & 335 Bernette Serger, Bernina 1530 Sewing Machine, Bernina 1300 DC Overlock (with coverstitch)
User: paroper
Member since: 02-03-2004
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