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.
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.
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