There are techniques that go along with seams that you will encountered in your purchased pattern instructions. Stay stitching is one of these that confuses people. Why to you need to stay stitch?
When you have pattern pieces that are not straight, such as armholes and necklines, it is very easy to stretch them out while you are working with them. Once they stretch, they will no longer line up to another piece for sewing. The stay stitch stops this from occurring.
This video outlines the process and logic of stay stitching along with the following:
- Stitch in Ditch
- Stay Stitching
- Taping Seams
- Grading Seams
- Curved Seams
- Easing seams