Reasons for basting:
- Sewing basting stitches on seams allow you to test the fitting (side seams) or placement (darts) before sewing regular stitches that might be hard to remove.
- Basting can hold slippery fabric together while sewing regular stitches. Basting first allows the basting stitches to be easily removed if the fabric does slip out of place.
- Basting is used to create temporary stitching such as the process of sewing in a zipper.
- Basting allows two layers of fabric to be held together and used worked as one layer of fabric. The basting stitches are easily removed to eliminate extra bulk.