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tr.v. top·stitched, top·stitch·ing, top·stitch·es
To sew a row of stitching close to the seam or edge of (a garment) on the outer side of the fabric.
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(Knitting & Sewing) a sewing stitch used to secure and decorate the edges of garments
vb (tr)
(Knitting & Sewing) to stitch (something) using topstitch
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1. to sew a line of stitches on the face side of (a garment or the like) alongside a seam.
2. a line of such stitches.
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Press flat, and then topstitch along the perimeter.
Topstitch around 3 sides of F, leaving the top side open to create the pocket.
Topstitch the edge by the zipper with a coordinating thread.
Tickets are also available from Topstitch Ystrad, Treorchy Post Office and the Tunnel Pub, Blaengwynfi.
7 Pin the gloves to each end of the centre panel, curved edges matching, then topstitch them together with a long stitch, close to the edge, to secure them firmly for the next step.
Also attributes square toes and topstitch on the sides for enhancing the aesthetic appeal.
At the beginning of a new order, the inspector needs card matching, product description, product design, model approved, product labels, table sizes, and verify the following: inseam operation, lap seam stitching, bartacks setting (strap, pockets, slit), buttonholes, buttons positioning and sewing, decorative topstitch on the waistband, side seam, applied back pocket, matching after card for stickers, buttons, hooks, threads, and product dimensions as the table sizes--waist, hip, inner length.
Use ones from your linen closet, try finding used ones at local resale shops, or make your own with organic cotton muslin (all you have to do is press under the edges and then topstitch along the outer edge).
Stitch four side sections together to form a loop and press seams and topstitch.
I sometimes press the seam allowances toward the jeans, and then topstitch through the bluejean section, to further strengthen the skirt.
Arms and uphoistery components feature wood-frame construction, and all perimeter upholstery seams feature single-needle topstitch detail.