STOTING is a process of mending much used by tailors, especially on closely woven or very heavy cloth that does not fray. The first illustration, Fig. 69, shows the cut, and

in Fig. 70 is shown the position of the needle and thread in the process of stoting. Use either a thread drawn from the cloth, or a hair, to do the stoting.

The part to be mended is basted smoothly over a piece of paper. The needle is inserted about half an inch from Fashion Design Drawing - Darning Mending 15.jpg

the torn edge, and run between the threads of the cloth, across the cut, to half an inch on the opposite side, and drawn through. Reinserting it, run the needle back on a somewhat slanting line and continue until the cut has been closed. Then repeat the same process, running the threads in the opposite direction. When pressed, this mending can hardly be noticed, but stoting can only be done over a clean cut or tear. On material that is not thick enough for the needle to pass between the weave, it must be done on the wrong side as lightly as possible.

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