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How to Sew: Topstitch

Watch our helpful video guide: How to sew a topstitch. One of our Learn To Sew video guides.

You can also download a PDF copy of this tutorial.

This video demonstrates how to sew a topstitch. A topstitch is a straight stitch that is done on the top of the garment. It’s like an edgestitch, but the topstitch has a few small differences like being sewn ¼inch away from the seam.

What’s the difference between edgestitching and topstitching?

Edgestitching is used to hold multiple layers in place such as securing a pleat or pocket, or stitched around a collar. Topstitching can be decorative and positioned further away from the seam. It is often sewn in contrast colour, sometimes uses thicker thread and doesn’t have to hold layers in place where it is stitched.

For example, denim garments typically have a topstitch and an edgestitch.

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