How to Topstitch

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Learn how to topstitch correctly when sewing to get a professional looking finish. Topstitching strengthens seams that get a lot of wear.

Topstitching is a decorative stitch on the face of the fabric near a seam. Even, straight topstitching makes homemade sewing look a lot more proffessional. Topstitching is done 1/4 inch from the seam.

Topstitching is great for the seams that get extra wear and tear since the extra row of stitching gives a little bit of extra strength. It also keeps the seam allowance flat so that the seam is less likely to fold the wrong way or be irritating inside the item of clothing.

how to topstitch

How to Topstitch

When I topstitch I like to use my regular foot and follow the edge which is 1/4 inch away. Make sure you sew on the top so that you can see where you’re sewing.

Sew slowly and carefully so that you get the row of topstitching in the right place right along the seam. If you accidentally wiggle as you sew, it’s worth it to unpick that section and do it again.

How to Topstitch

I sew at a regular stitch length which is 2.5 mm.

How to Topstitch

Ta-da! It’s that easy, but really improves the look of a garment. This stitch can also be done 1/4 inch from the edge of clothing like a vest or jacket.

How to Topstitch

Here are some examples of topstitching. Most topstitching done is on garments that also have edgestitching (to learn about edgestitching). They can go together without looking out of place. The most common place that topstiching is found is on men’s shirts. This is a shirt I made my husband.

How to Topstitch

Another place it’s found is on jackets like this one I made.

How to Topstitch

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

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Thanks for posting the examples! 🙂 They helped!

This come in perfect time, because I've noticed how you always do edgestiching or topstiching on the baby shoes and decided to try to do the same. Now I know how. Thanks!

I really like these tutorials because I'm not a very confident seamstress. When you do the tutorials, can you show examples of something you've already done this on? Like if you have a vest you've done topstitching on, can you show it to us? It would help me see better how it would look on a finished product. Thanks Heather!

Topstitching is great I use it always because I don't have a serger:-)
Thanks Heather!!!