PARTS OF THE NEEDLE
Regulation length 2.5 mm long (10-12 stitches per inch)- I use this stitch length for everything I do.
Topstitching length 3-4 mm long (6-8 stitches per inch)- I have never used this length and didn’t even know there was such a thing. I do lengthen my stitch when I’m tailoring jeans if I’m trying to match the previous stitching.
Basting/gathering length 4 mm long (8 stitches per inch)-Basting is a helpful stitch as is gathering. I will be doing a future post in this.
Reinforcement stitching 1.5 mm long (15-20 stitches per inch)-This length is for strength. I use it when sewing on loosely woven fabric with corners that are going to be trimmed.
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