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How to Machine Baste
Machine Basting

Machine Basting

Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
Machine basting is a fast way to test the fit of an area or temporarily hold an area together such as sewing in a zipper.

Machine basting should be sewn next to the area you are going to final sew unless it is just temporarily holding fabric together such as when you are sewing in a zipper.

How to machine baste

  • Set the stitch length on your sewing machine to a long stitch.
  • Pin the fabric together as if you were going to sew it.
  • Do not backstitch as it would just be harder to remove the basting.
  • Bobbin thread can be used in the bobbin and upper thread if the thread is apt to leave marks in or on the fabric.
Note: Using a contrasting thread makes the basting thread more visible for easier removal.
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