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A basting stitch is a long loose stitch used to hold fabric in place. It is not a permanent stitch and can be done instead of pinning fabric in place before sewing.

Simply sew a long straight stitch (about 1 cm or 1/2") as shown above. Leave about 1 cm or 1/2" in between stitches as this will make it easier to take out the stitches later.

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    Jul 17, 2013, 05.08 PMby Oksana Starzhynska

    This stitch is required to be a little oblique, especially for basting such fabrics as velvet, corduroy and coat wool ( i.e. fabrics with nap ).

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