In sewing, to tack or baste is to make quick, temporary stitching intended to be removed. Tacking is used in a variety of ways: To easily hold a seam or trim in place until it can be permanently sewn, usually with a long running stitch made by hand or machine called a tacking stitch or basting stitch.
Bar tacks may be sewn by hand, using whip stitches, or by machine, using zigzag stitches. The process for sewing a bar tack is essentially to sew several long, narrowly-spaced stitches along the line of the bar that will be formed, followed by short stitches made perpendicular to the long stitches, through the fabric and over the bar.
Baste is a commonly used sewing term, and basting can save you time as well as test fitting before you sew. Fortunately, it's not hard to learn. Baste is a commonly used sewing term, and basting can save you time as well as test fitting before you sew.
I was a convert, and as you can see from my beeswax, I have waxed many a thread. For more on hand sewing and couture technique, order the new Handsewn book in the Sew Daily Shop. I am so excited by the renewed interest in hand and couture sewing. It is a beautiful art, well deserving of revival.
Clipping also comes in handy when attaching a curved edge to a straight edge. Like attaching the curved waist of the Cascade skirt to the straight edge of the waistband. You just sew a 5/8″ staystitch around the edge of the curve (the skirt waist), and then clip as described above.
Fussy cut fabrics can be used anytime you wish to display specific areas of a fabric. How to Fussy Cut a Fabric. To fussy cut, center a specific portion of a print within a patch, and be sure to add a 1/4" seam allowance around all sides of the image.
Bespoke Tailoring Basics The term “bespoke” is often abused not just by the clothing industry, but many other industries as well. Since the term conveys the highest level of quality in terms of material and construction, it is coveted for marketing purposes in ways that have diluted the meaning of “bespoke” over time.
A needle threader is a device for helping to put thread through the eye of a needle. Many types of this low-tech device exist but the most common consists of a diamond-shaped thin and flexible wire attached to a coin-shaped metal, plastic or wooden handle.
However, from a bit of Google'ing, it looks as if people are taking "single needle tailoring" to mean a number of different things, the most common one being a "flat felled seam" where a seam is stitched, folded and stitched again, with a single-needle lock stitch.
Welt seams are stronger than plain seams and are often found in garments with thicker fabrics. Some of my jeans have welt seams. There are two methods for making welt seams, although I feel the first, where the fabric is cut, is perhaps the traditional method.
Tailor’s tapes are flexible for easily and accurately measuring parts of the body or garments. They are ideal for use in the apparel, textile, medical, or fitness industries. All of our tailor’s tapes are made from durable, non-stretch fiberglass fabric, secured at either end with metal fastenings, and come in a variety of colors.
A thimble should stay comfortably on your finger. Hang your hand at your side. If the thimble does not fall off, it is a good fit. It also should not be too tight and squeeze your fingertip. It is possible you may need 2 different sizes of thimbles depending on the season. Fingers may swell a little in different temperatures and while sewing.
I predominately use silk thread when hand sewing; finishing hems, basting (tacking), buttonholes and tailoring work. Silk thread is very smooth so travels through even the lightest most delicate fabrics without leaving a mark, as well as being very strong (especially when used in conjunction with beeswax), it is a superb choice for a large variety of hand sewing projects.
Tracing paper is paper made to have low opacity, allowing light to pass through. It was originally developed for architects and design engineers to create drawings which could be copied precisely using the diazo copy process;  it then found many other uses.
A tracing wheel, also known as a pattern wheel, pounce wheel, and dart wheel, is an instrument with multiple teeth on a wheel attached to a handle. The teeth can be either serrated or smooth. It is used to transfer markings from patterns onto fabric with or without tracing paper, this sewing tool also makes slotted perforations.