The Running Stitch – Not Just for Quilting

The running stitch – three zigs to the left, three zags to the right, repeat – has been getting a lot of notice lately in Modern Quilting as an alternative to quilting with lines of plain straight stitch. But that’s not the only way to use the running stitch. It’s also excellent for piecing together remnants of batting.

The running stitch.

Trim the edges straight, butt them together, and stitch; the zigs and zags of the running stitch join the edges together. If a plain zigzag were used, the edges under the stitches would tend to “tunnel” or pull, but the sewn-out zigzags of the running stitch keep the fabric edges flat.

The running stitch, used to join two pieces of batting.

 

Batting join using the running stitch.

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