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Stitching or basting pleats?


I'm new to sewing. At the moment I'm trying to make an inverted box pleat skirt. The pattern is simple enough, and I've just pinned my pleats into place. But now I'm unsure... do I baste or machine stitch them?

The pattern says to baste, and then moves on to the next stages (attaching the yoke, etc) but my mother says it won't be very strong if I only do that. She thinks I should machine stitch them.

I really not sure what to do! Can someone give me some advice? Thank you!


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Oct. 10th, 2009 12:27 pm (UTC)
I've always machine stitched mine. :)
Oct. 10th, 2009 01:03 pm (UTC)
i machine mine too but if you are unsure baste then machine stich. then move on.
Oct. 10th, 2009 01:34 pm (UTC)
If you're going to attach the yoke then the pleats are going to be machine stitched in place anyway.
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Oct. 10th, 2009 02:09 pm (UTC)
When something calls for a baste, I always just machine-stitch with an extra long stitch for easy removal if necessary.
Oct. 10th, 2009 02:29 pm (UTC)
This. So much easier than doing it by hand. =)
Oct. 10th, 2009 04:49 pm (UTC)
Machine stitching is probably more than fine, but if you do so, be sure to stitch it at a smaller seam allowance than your pattern is using (which I'm assuming is 5/8", so maybe at 1/4"?) so that the stitching holding the pleats doesn't show after you sew the yoke on. The pattern probably calls for you to machine baste the pleats so if the basting is visible when the skirt is done, it can be removed more easily than regular length stitching.
Oct. 10th, 2009 05:18 pm (UTC)
If you're going to attach the yoke then that will hold the top of the pleats in place once attached, if it were me I'd just baste/tack them.

I've just made dresses that had a false wrap-over skirts with a single pleat, and that said only to baste it. Then when you attached the skirt to the bodice/cummabund that seam held the pleat in place permanently.
Oct. 10th, 2009 06:28 pm (UTC)
The baste isn't the only step, it's just to hold them in place temporarily. You're going to do a proper run of stitches when you attach the waist. Machine stitching at this point risks having that stitching line show on the outside of your garment, unless you are crazy careful about keeping it in the seam allowance - at which point it will be superseded when you stitch on the waist anyhow :)
Oct. 11th, 2009 02:59 am (UTC)
You can machine baste. Using a long stitch length, run a line of machine stitching Inside The Seam Allowance, between the edge of the fabric and the actual seam line. You might want to move your needle to the right, if possible, to help with placement. The reason to baste instead of sew may have to do with how the seam interacts with other seams, and the pattern may call for a seam that includes the basted piece a few steps down the way.
Oct. 12th, 2009 03:54 pm (UTC)
Basting has the advantage of not possibly showing later + easier to undo if you find out that you messed up on a pleat (quite easy to do!). That said, I hate hand sewing, so would machine stitch and just try to be careful and do it above the seam allowance. ;) But it all depends on how picky/careful/perfectionistic you are.
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