Seam Edges Like a Pro With Mat­tress Stitch

Mat­tress stitch is one of the most com­mon fin­ish­ing tech­niques for sewing seams. If done cor­rectly, the fin­ished look of this tech­nique lit­er­ally makes the stitches “melt” to­gether.

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If you’re ready to as­sem­ble your first sweater, or you’re still get­ting the hang of this tech­nique, then this blog post will help you get your bearings, walk­ing you through a sim­ple three-step process for work­ing mat­tress stitch for side seams and other seams that you want to lie flat with no bulk on the wrong side.

As you can see from the illustration, mat­tress stitch is worked in a criss­cross method. Think of it like lac­ing up a pair of sneak­ers. The trick to mak­ing your fin­ished work look even and neat is to con­sis­tently in­sert your ta­pes­try nee­dle from front to back be­tween the first and sec­ond stitch from the edge as shown above. If you main­tain this con­sis­tency in your work, then you will be seam­ing like a pro!

Pro Tip: Mat­tress stitch takes some prac­tice, so spend time get­ting fa­mil­iar with this tech­nique on some left­over gauge swatches be­fore you jump into seam­ing your project.

To read the full blog post, get the tech­nique, and watch the video, visit CreativeKnit­ and on the right-hand nav­i­ga­tion, in the search box en­ter: Seam Edges Like a Pro With Mat­tress Stitch.

Mat­tress Stitch

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