Added Nov 13, 2010
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Eliminating the bulk in the tip of the dart is important to getting it lie flat. This is why many instructions (and your high school home ec teacher) tell you to tie off the end instead of back stitching. But I don't like having threads hanging off, and I also trust my machine more than a hand-done knot. So to secure the stitches, decrease the stitch length to 0.5mm when you are about 1/2" away from the tip (or for the first 1/2" of the tip, if you are sewing from the tip down like me). This will hold that sucker in place, and also allow you to get really close to the edge of the garment if you are sewing from the end to the tip, or if you are doing a double dart.
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