Top Stitching Sewing Tutorial for Beginners

Keya Harper
by Keya Harper
2 Materials
15 Minutes

Welcome to my top stitching sewing tutorial for beginners.

Top stitching is simpler than it seems. I'll guide you through the process to make it easy and straightforward.

Tools and materials:

  • Sewing machine
  • Topstitch thread
Setting up sewing machine

1. Thread machine and set stitch length

Begin by threading your sewing machine with topstitching thread.

This type of thread is thicker than regular sewing thread, giving your stitches a more pronounced look.

Set your stitch length to five on your sewing machine. This longer stitch length is ideal for topstitching, providing better visibility and a neater finish.

Top stitching first row

2. First row

Position your fabric to line up the roll line with the mark where you want to sew. 

Top stitching first row

Align the notch on your presser foot with the roll line.

Top stitching first row

Start sewing, keeping the edge of your presser foot aligned with the roll line.

Maintain a distance of about an eighth of an inch away from the line for a clean, professional-looking topstitch.

Top stitching second row

3. Second row

For the second row, align the notch on your presser foot with the previous row of stitches.

This ensures uniform spacing and a cohesive appearance.

Top stitching second row

Continue sewing until you've completed all desired rows of topstitching.

op stitching sewing tutorial for beginners

Top stitching sewing tutorial for beginners

By following these simple steps, you'll achieve well-executed topstitching that adds a professional touch to your sewing projects.

With practice, you'll become more confident in mastering this essential sewing technique. Now you're ready to showcase your beautifully topstitched creations.


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Suggested materials:
  • Sewing machine
  • Topstitch thread

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