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I am a mother, a new grandmother, and a teacher. But whatever happens in my life, I keep sewing. I have worked as a political communicator and now as a teacher in my formal life. I have also written extensively on sewing. I have been a frequent contributor and contributing editor of Threads magazine and the Australian magazine Dressmaking with Stitches. My first book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge will be published in May 2018 and is available for pre-order from Amazon


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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Basic hand sewing stitches #4: the swing tack

I'm back with my basic stitches. This one is one of my favourites because it is a real problem solver - the swing, or French, tack.

I use this all the time to attach specific units together without creating right side pulls and dimples.

As usual these videos look like they were produced on the kitchen table, because, well they are.

The swing tack:


MaryEllen said...

What a great tip. I can see many uses for this stitch -thanks

Lori said...

Great tip, Barbara, and kudos to your videographer. :)

Lisa - SF Bay Area said...

I don't have to buttonhole stitch the entire tack?!?!?!? Why didn't anyone tell me before!? Barbara, you made my day...again.
Lisa D, SF Bay Area where I await your pop-up sewing classes.

Lisa - SF Bay Area said...

I forgot to mention that I am having a wonderful time reading your book. Thank you so much for writing it.