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I love using heavy top stitching thread. If you've never tried it before have a go, here's how you do it...

Posted by Pamela C. from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia • Published See Pamela C.'s 7 projects »
  • How to sew . How To Sew With Top Stitch Thread - Step 1
    Step 1

    Machine Needles
    You'll need to buy appropriate needles for your machine, find a pack marked TOP STITCH. On my old Husqvarna I've been using Schmetz 130N 90/14 for both light and heavy fabrics and so far so good.

  • How to sew . How To Sew With Top Stitch Thread - Step 2
    Step 2

    Sewing Thread
    Pick out your thread colour, I use Gutermann top stitch thread. You also need some regular thread for the bobbin. The bobbin colour depends on the project, I generally use a contrast top stitching thread with a bobbin thread that matches the background of my fabric. By doing this the stitches are more prominent.

  • How to sew . How To Sew With Top Stitch Thread - Step 3
    Step 3

    First change over your machine needle, to avoid any disasters make sure the new one is on nice and tight.

    Thread the top of the machine with the top stitch thread and put regular thread on the bobbin.

    Reduce the pressure right down on the sewing foot, how much will depend on your fabric and machine so you may need to do a bit of experimentation.

    Adjust the stitch length to suit, for the canvas bag shown I used a density of 7 stitches per inch....and off you go.

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Steph. · Reading, England, GB · 212 projects
hey! nice tutorial. but i dont really get what the difference between normal straight stitching and top stitching it...

id there even a difference?
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