Learn How SIMPLE
Digital Patterns Really Are!

Sign Up to Receive
The Ultimate Guide to Digital Sewing Patterns eBook + a FREE Skirt Pattern!


The result is a smooth finished seam that lies flat on the body or towards the inside of the bag.

4 Comments Sign in to add a post

  • Blue_ridge_hot_air_balloon_100609_073_large

    Jan 15, 2010, 08.28 PMby julstech

    Sorry, this isn’t stitching “in the ditch.” From TextileGlossary.com: "Sewing on top of a finished seam line from the front of the garment. The stitch goes through all layers and holds them together. To sew your stitches in the “ditch” created by the joins of the pattern pieces." For a brief tutorial on “stitch in the ditch”, check out this pdf file: http://www.sewingmachinesplus.com/media/products/techniques/stitch-in-the-ditch.pdf Stitching in the ditch is often used for waistbands (look at some RTW pants and you’ll eventually find an example), as sewbella pointed out, and also for holding facings and linings in place.

  • Missing

    Jan 12, 2010, 12.46 PMby azurejoy

    I have no idea what this technique is called, but it is really helpful! I use it all the time. It works great for the top of dresses to make a nice edge.

  • Me_pecks_large

    Jan 12, 2010, 12.00 AMby nessys

    I have to agree with Sewbella! This is under stitching . .I am still wresting with how to “stitch in the ditch” as this is a relatively new concept to me (maybe I’ve been living under a rock. . . ). I am particularly interested in learning how it works with bias tape/binding as I’ve always top stitched the tape but, from what I’ve managed to pick up through the Technique sections I should be “stitching in the ditch” . . .. I love bias tape – I just hate sewing it!!!!

  • Works_29_905_large

    Jan 11, 2010, 05.12 PMby sewbella

    Sorry burdastyle, but what you are doing is called understitching. As you have showed here it is to catch the seam allowance to facings like on collars, armholes, jacket edges ets…… Stich in the ditch is when you are actually sewing in the indent of two pieces sewn together to catch or hold the back portion of garment, where you do not want any topstitching showing. Most commonly used on waistbands. When you attach the front waistband to front of pant, you place facing of waistband on pant to the back where it should lie. You then stich on top of seam, where waistband attached to pant, stitch in the ditch. Giving you a clean look to the front of waistband with no topstiching.

    • This is a question
  1. Sign in to add a post