I picked up topstitching thread for my Peacock Crescent skirt. This is a heavier gauge of thread because instead of disappearing into the fabric, as with regular stitches, topstitching is decorative and meant to be seen.
What I didn’t realize with topstitch thread is that it is so thick that it is difficult to thread a regular sewing machine needle. I have a needle-threader on my sewing machine but it wouldn’t thread the thick gauge. I ended up taking the needle out of the machine and hand threading the needle using my handy little needle threader. Then I put the needle back into the machine.
Also, I had to set the tension way up the dial as the bottom thread was making huge loops and bunching up. Why didn’t I know this?! Sewing is just non-stop learning, eh?
Once I got going I think it turned out beautifully. The perfect colour. Sort of a marigold.
It’s a good idea to set a longer stitch length. These were 4mm. Since the purpose is mostly decorative a longer stitch is nice.
Before I did the top-stitching I did a test fit with the waistband. It fit!
The skirt isn’t attached yet. But it already looks like I planned. You can’t see but the length is great too. Can’t wait to wear this!
Do you have topstitching tips? How often do you topstitch?
What I’m listening to: Scott Mills podcast on BBC Radio1 (so silly and hilarious-I have a laugh out loud at my desk every day)