This month’s habit is one I’d say I am moderately adept at, but so many of you have mentioned it that I thought I’d throw it out there for the month. There’s definitely room for improvement.
Do you remove your basting stitches as you sew? Much like clipping threads, it’s one of those little tasks that seems insignificant but can be annoying to leave until the end.
- Keep a seam ripper handy. Seam rippers make pulling out stitches a lot easier, so always have one nearby.
- Add it to your flow. I like to remove basting stitches before I finish a seam, and definitely before I press. I find that establishing a flow for each seam helps: pin -> stitch -> clip-> remove basting -> finish -> press.
- Use a contrasting color. I don’t think this is as practical for machine basting, but if you’re hand basting, using a different thread color makes the basting more visible and easier to remove.
- Leave long thread tails. This makes it easier to pul out stitches by tugging on the bobbin threads.
Any other tips for the basting-ignorers out there?