In this video I showed you how to topstitch beside a zipper and I got an email asking me the difference between topstitching and edgestitching.
But you’ll run into both terms in different patterns so I thought it would be good to talk about the “official” difference between them. I also show you some tips and tricks for doing them both.
One thing that helps me get a nice straight topstitch is my clear presser foot. I made sure to point it out at the beginning of the video, but when I did the editing I realized that it’s hard to see the “clearness” of the foot, so here’s a still photo.
That clear part right around where the needle goes in is invaluable for letting me see exactly how close to the edge I’m stitching. If your machine has a solid metal foot, buying a clear foot is probably an option. It won’t be very expensive and it will be VERY useful. I’m always a fan of seeing what I’m doing. 🙂