An Ode to Tacking

My latest craft obsession is tacking. Yes plain and simple tacking. Not fancy or clever but solid and helpful and actually a really good thing to do properly which saves loads of time in the long run.

If you’ve read any of my blog posts before you will know that I’m not a great machine sewer and one of my challenges to becoming better is patience. I’m after quick results and I want them now!

Tacking was always the thing in the pattern I skipped. Until now. I am now a fully signed up advocate of tacking to achieve a great finished garment or item. After a few mistakes on my Liberty Sewing Machine Cover, I decided to tack the sides to the cover and insert that way. It was like a miracle.

The fabric didn’t move, I didn’t sew over pins by mistake. And the best bit? I could test I’d put the pieces together in the correct way BEFORE machine stitching and then being faced with ripping out all of those tiny tight little machine stitches.

I used a bright red thread and nice long running stitches on my project so they are easy to see and remove once machine stitched.

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One thought on “An Ode to Tacking

  1. Damn, I wish I had your good sense! I never tack and then wonder why I sometimes have to reach for the unpicker. Great sewing machine cover, and a lovely gift for Mothering Sunday x

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