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Edgestitching vs Topstitching

Learn how to edgestitch and how to topstitch and what the difference is between the two sewing stitches! They are often mixed up!

There is a difference between edgestitching and topstitching, and edgestitching can easily be confused with topstitching. Each basic sewing stitch have specific uses. Which is better, edgestitching vs topstitching?

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edgestitch vs topstitch

Both edgestitching and topstitching are often used in all kinds of sewing like sewing clothes and making bags. They are commonly mixed up since they create a very similar look!

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How to Edgestitch

1. Sew your seam like the pattern or tutorial instructs. Usually you will sew a 5/8 in or a 1/2 in seam.

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2. Press your seam to one side. You might need to trim or grade your seam allowance after pressing.

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3. Finish the seams together before going on to the next step.

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4. Use the sewing machine foot with the little fence in the middle which lines up with the seam. Move your sewing machine needle to the same side as the seam allowance and sew a straight line.

You are essentially sewing 1/8 inch from the fold. This is why it’s called “edgestitching” because it’s sewing right next to the edge.

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5. The edgestitching will secure the seam allowance to one side.

The edgestitch is often used when making enclosed items so instead of sewing right next to a seam, you are edgestitch right next to a fold at the end of a project.

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Think of a bib and you edgestitch around the edge to keep everything nicely in place. It also is used to close holes on enclosed items.

edgestitch edge to close hole

How to Topstitch

1. Sew your seam like the pattern or tutorial instructs. Usually you will sew a 5/8 in or a 1/2 in seam.

Edgestitching vs Topstitching // heatherhandmade.com

2. Press your seam to one side. You might need to trim or grade your seam allowance after pressing.

Edgestitching vs Topstitching // heatherhandmade.com

3. Finish the seams together before going on to the next step.

Edgestitching vs Topstitching // heatherhandmade.com

4. Use the 1/4″ sewing machine foot or regular sewing machine foot with a 1/4″ seam guide. Sew a straight line.

You are essentially sewing 1/4 inch from the fold.

Edgestitching vs Topstitching // heatherhandmade.com

5. The topstitching will secure the seam allowance to one side.

Edgestitching vs Topstitching // heatherhandmade.com

Edgestitching vs Topstitching

Edgestitching is sewn 1/8″ from the edge, while topstitching is 1/4″ from the edge. They are both decorative stitches on the face of the fabric.

Topstitching is commonly used in menswear, and edgestitching is used in all handmade items. Learn more about all the basic sewing stitches you need to sew clothing.

You can combine edgestitching and topstitching for double stitching.

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If you make something using this tutorial, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me! 

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You have some great ideas to share but the videos are sped up so fast, I can’t read them before it goes to the next sentence plus I can’t read and watch what you’re doing when it’s that fast. I never did get to see the 20 hacks for your desk area because of the ads and I tried to click an “X” to close an ad and it took me to somewhere else and when I finally got back to the article, it was on edgestitching. I’m very new to sewing so I can’t just guess what you are doing if I miss one second of the video and again, with it being sped up so much, I end up with a headache from trying to keep up. I didn’t learn anything!

Could not get the video to start.

You make everything SEAM SEW do-able! …even I think I could do some of this! You should be a home-ec teacher…mine scared me SO bad, it took me 10 years to go near my Bernina!!! 🙂

loving your tutorial series. the example pics are a great idea!
julie