Do you stay stitch your quilts? Pat Sloan says . . .

Have you heard of stay stitching? Many quilters stay stitch their quilt tops before machine quilting. But what is stay stitching, and why would you do it?

Essentially, stay stitching is simply sewing around the edge of your quilt top to stabilize seams. It’s particularly helpful when there are a lot of patchwork seams on the outer edge of your quilt top. With all the rolling, unrolling, scrunching, and smooshing that occurs during machine quilting, or even hand quilting, stay stitching prevents those outer patchwork seams from unraveling.

In her book Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Machine Quilt, Pat Sloan shares how she does stay stitching, and in the video below, she shows you!

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Find comprehensive how-to instructions for machine quilting—including walking-foot quilting and free-motion quilting—in Pat’s book Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Machine Quilt, along with nine pretty projects to practice your machine quilting on:

From Pat Sloan's Teach Me to Machine Quilt
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Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Machine Quilt

You’ll be proud of the machine quilting you can do right at home!

Do you stay stitch your quilt tops in preparation for machine quilting? Tell us in the comments!




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