Machine basting is the longest stitch available on your sewing machine. While this stitch is too long to stitch permanent seams together, it works wonders for keeping seams and edges temporarily aligned in garment construction process. You can use machine basting to keep abutted seam edges together while sewing zippers or applying underlays yo the seams wrong side. The latter is most commonly used when sewing slot seams.
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In a slot seam application for example, the seam is aligned And stitched as any other conventional seam, but basting length setting is used instead of a regular stitch. Machine basting keeps the seam together but is much easier to remove when no longer needed.
To make it even easier to remov, carefully clip every 5-6 threads. This is allow you to simply ou the seam edges apart and thus remove the basting in a single step.
The seam is gently ironed open to create perfectly abutted seam folds/edges in the final application. Once ironed, it should be very easy to align the fabric strip to the seams wrong and topstitch it on both sides of the seamline. The machine basting keeps the seam perfectly aligned during this construction process.
When the slot seam is complete, all you have to do is pull the seam apart to separate the seam edge and thus remove the temporary machine basting. Pull any loose threads from the seam for clean, professional finish.