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From: PaulineG
Date: 11-28-2006, 06:29 PM (1 of 2)
Can anybody tell me the purpose of stay stitching. Is it intended to stabilise the fabric and help it retain its shape?

If so does that mean if I'm staystitching a knit fabric I should use a non-stretch or a stretch stitch?

User: PaulineG
Member since: 09-08-2006
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From: paroper
Date: 11-28-2006, 09:19 PM (2 of 2)
Yes. You stay stitch with the grain to keep the fabric from stretching when you sew against the grain. When stay stitching knits I use a straight stitch. It doesn't matter. It will have served its purpose and that is to keep you from disfiguring the stretchy part of the garment when doing construction. When constructing the stretch garment, you will use a slight zig zag or a stretch stitch and the fact that the stay stitch was a straight stitch will not matter as it will break during wearing and not be seen.

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