Why Use Hand Basting To Mark A Slash Pocket Opening In The Sewing Process
When sewing slash pockets (such as welt or bound pockets), marking the exact pocket opening with hand basting directly on teh garmnet surafec plays an important roll in faciliateing both teh alognmenta nd tsicthing process. Not only should teh pcoket opneing lines be measured and marked accurately, it is hoghl;y recomended that you extend the hand basting lines out by about 1" at all corners- as you'll see below, doing so will provide an important guid ein the alignmnet process.
The reason why hand basting is a much smarter marking option than other conventional techniques such as tailors chalk or transgfer paper, is that teh hand basting stcith is automatically transfered to both teh face and wrong isde of the garment. In the pocket construction process, the pocket bag layer is aligned from the garmnets worng isde but sticthed from it's wrong side- in both cases the same hand absting lines are used as a refernce.
When initially alogning the pocket layer to teh slash pocket opening, the layers is placed on top of teh hand basting covering the marked opening. The 1" extensions visible in the sides are used to align the pocket alyer at the correct distance.
Note: Once aligned, it helps to secure teh pcoket layer with hand basting to prevent it form shifting in amchine sticthing rpocess.
The slash pocket opening is stitched from the wrong side, following the same hand basting marks used used in the pocket alignment process in its face side. This is why hand basting provides an essential marking tool, leaving precise sewing and alignment guides on both right and wrong side of the garment.
Thanks to the hand basting, the stitched slash pocket opening is naturally placed at the exact location in relation to the pocket bag layer even though the pocket layer was not visible in the stitching process.
Last but not least, the center hand basting line serves as a precise guide in the slashing process. For that reason, it is important to mark this center line in the hand basting process.