Question: How do you sew a top stitch by hand?

What is the difference between edge stitch and top stitch?

Topstitching and edgestitching are decorative stitching, which show on the right side of the garment. Topstitching is wider, whereas edgestitching is done close to the seam. Topstitching tends to look more casual and edgestitching more dressy.

Why does my top stitch look wrong?

Poor thread tension on a machine-sewn seam can result in an unstable seam, puckering, or just plain unattractive stitching. Perfect machine stitches interlock smoothly and look the same on both sides of the fabric. If you see small loops on the right or wrong side, the thread tension isn’t correct.

What is the difference between a top stitch and a regular stitch?

Topstitching is sewn 1/4″ away from an edge, and the stitch length is set slightly longer than the stitch length used for the rest of the garment. In the photo above, the lower stitching has a slightly longer stitch length than the upper stitching, which you can see, helps the stitching stand out.

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