TO MAKE A KNOT, hold the threaded needle in the right hand. Take the end of the thread between the thumb and first finger of the left hand, stretching the thread tightly. Wind it around the top of the first finger, crossing it over the end held between the finger and thumb. Roll the first finger down the ball of the thumb about half an inch, carrying the thread with it, and with the second finger push

the knot thus formed to the end of the thread. If a larger knot is required, wind the thread around the finger twice.

BASTINGS are temporary stitches used to hold two or more pieces of material together while putting in the permanent stitches. The thread should be smooth and rather fine. Careful basting is essential to successful sewing and dressmaking. There are four kinds of bastings.

Even Bastings start with a knot on the right side so that they may be easily re* moved. Pass the needle over and through the material, making the stitches and Fashion Design Drawing - Sewing Stitches 1.jpg

spaces the same length. To fasten the

thread, take two stitches over the last one made. (Fig. 1.)

Uneven Bastings are made by the method just described for even bastings, except that the stitches and spaces are of unequal length. The stitches taken upon the needle are about a third shorter than the space covered by the thread. (Fig. 2.)

Combination Bastings are used on seams where extra firmness is desired for close fitting. They are made by taking, alternately, one long stitch and two short stitches. (Fig. 3.)

Diagonal Bastings are slanting stitches used in dressmaking to secure the outside material to its lining, particularly where the lining is eased on to the material, as is often the case in waist-making. The method is shown in Fig. 4.Fashion Design Drawing - Sewing Stitches 2.jpg

RUNNING STITCHES are shorter than bastings. The spaces and stitches are of equal length. They are used on seams that do not require the firmness of machine or

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