Stich in the Ditch


Hi, it’s Jenny, from the Missouri Star Quilt Company, and perhaps you’ve heard the term “stitch in the ditch.” Well, I’d like to explain that to you.

When you put two pieces of fabric together and you bring them over to your machine, stitching in the ditch means stitching right where those two fabrics meet. So, we’re going to go over to the sewing machine and I’m going to show you how to do that right now.

OK, so the most important tool for stitching in the ditch are your glasses! So, you can see it carefully. For those of you who don’t need them, be thankful! Anyway, here we’re going to go and we’re going to put our needle right down here in-between these two fabrics. You probably want to press these apart, and then we’re just going to slowly go right in that ditch and you just
have to really carefully go along.

OK, so here you see we’ve sewn along here in the ditch, and you can see that on the back of this plain fabric. Easier to see on the plain than the front, and that my friends is “stitching in the ditch” Thanks from the Missouri Star Quilt

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  • Barb

    just wondering….why do you stitch in the ditch….whats the purpose if the quilt is already quilted