How to Topstitch and Edgestitch – Video

How to Topstitch and Edgestitch - a video tutorial from Shiny Happy World

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.

Not much!

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. 🙂

Happy sewing!

Best,
Wendi

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12 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you so much!! That was VERY helpful to me.

  2. Thank you!! This was amazingly clear and very helpful for a beginner! 🙂

  3. That was a really great video.

  4. Thanks ladies! I’m glad it was helpful.

  5. cb SAYS...

    I love the way you teach. Thank you.

  6. Anonymous SAYS...

    Thank you!!! Sewing project with my daughter and needed some help! Think we’ve got it! 🙂

  7. I’m glad it was helpful – and I’m glad you’re sewing with your daughter! I hope she loves it! 🙂

  8. Anonymous SAYS...

    So helpful! Great clear instructions…Thank you!

  9. Maggie SAYS...

    Many thanks for this. Very clear and helpful. The masking taping tip is so useful!

  10. deb SAYS...

    Enjoyed your refresher and hints. I have seen where instead of using tae as a guide, someone suggested using a small pile of post its in front of presser foot. THe postits would give a small ridge to slide against?

  11. Mariette Forget SAYS...

    Hi and thanks a lot! 😎🌸

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