What is stay stitching? Why is it recommended?
In this specific example, stay stitching is running a single line of stitches around the entire quilt top before layering the quilt top with batting and backing fabric.
- Can be done with a slightly longer stitch than was used for piecing the quilt.
- Should be done about 1/8″ away from the outer edge of the quilt so that it will be hidden in the seam allowance when the binding is attached.
- Is helpful for both quilting on a domestic machine and quilting on a longarm quilting machine.
- Helps keep the edges of the quilt top from stretching during the basting and quilting process.
- Secures any seams that end on the outer edge of the quilt, where the last stitch or so may have a tendency to come undone.
- Helps stabilize any bias edges along the perimeter of the quilt.
It’s pretty quick to do, but it can save you time and frustration down the road.
PLEASE NOTE: I’ve marked it as an OPTIONAL but recommended step; as always, do whatever works best for you!