The Saddle Stitch is a decorative stitch, often seen on men’s jackets, but you could use it as a design element many places. I’ve been envisioning it on the Paola dress. The Saddle Stitch is basically a basting stitch, but done very carefully and with a contrasting topstitching/buttonhole/coat thread for visibility. Perfect decorative hand-stitching is a bit of a challenge for me, so I’ve devised a good cheat to get beautiful results, as I show you here.

Technique Materials

needle, contrasting heavyweight thread, clear plastic ruler, tailor’s chalk wheel, a garment needing a saddle stitch

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    Sep 8, 2009, 07.13 AMby michelleiswell

    zebra tape works really well too

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    Apr 3, 2009, 07.59 PMby kquade

    hey that’s clever. great trick!

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