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how to do a double stitched seam? or any strong seam, bcuz i want to make a 6x6" squares for bean bag toss game? Answered

I understand first start off with a simple stitch with a seam allowance from the cut edge like a 1/4 inch. The part that confuses me is that u have to run another stitch but either it goes higher or below the first simple stitch? I dont know this. And how much room to leave of leftover trim?? and i look-uped and they said the second stitch should be 1/8 of an inch from the first stitch. which leaves me again to the same question. or will a zig-zag stitch be stronger then 2 running stitches? Pictures would be great for me to see how a double stitch would look like...


In general, I agree with jessyratfink and goodngus that a tight straight stitch is probably fine in most cases. However, if the fabric you are using has the tendency to ravel, a second seam might be a good idea, especially around the corners. As for how to do it, any of the answers given will work. Some machines also have a triple stitch seam setting, for use in places like crotches and underarms, where clothes are more likely to undergo strain. If your machine has that setting, it would definitely be strong enough.

In the Navy, I learned how to make a baseball stitch. 1.Measure out how much thread you are going to need. 2.Thread the needle. 3.Tie the loose ends into a knot. A surgeon's knot works fine here. It's over and under once, then over and under twice, and pull tight. 4.Put it through the cloth. 5.Put it through the cloth a second time. 6.Put it through a third time, and slip it under your first loop before going back into the cloth. 7.Then out, and under your second loop you just made. 8.Repeat steps 6 and 7 until you are almost out of thread, then tie it off with another surgeon's knot.


9 years ago

If I'm understanding correctly and you're using a machine, you do your straight stitch like normal 5mm away from the edge. When you get to the end of your stitch (say the intersection of a corner), keep the needle in material so it's pinned down, lift up the sewing foot, turn the whole thing 180 degrees, foot back down, and start stitchin back in the direction you came from. You'll end up with a stitch that starts and ends pretty much where you started from. Ideally your return trip will be 1-2mm closer to the edge as it will distribute load across the stitch better and thus prevent any holes. If you're stitching by hand, a backstitch is plenty strong enough, especially if you double the thread over so you're essentially sewing with two pieces of thread. Does that help at all? I reserve zig-zag sewing for hems and stretchy fabric.

A tight straight stitch works just fine for cornhole (bean bag toss). I've made two sets and they're holding up just fine. Make sure you use 100% cotton duck canvas. Cut a 6.5 x 12.25" piece of canvas, fold it over and stitch 1/4" in from the sides. This way you won't need to stitch one of the sides (as opposed to stitching all four sides to join two squares of fabric together). For the filling you should use corn feed (not popcorn), find a local farm supply and pick up a bag of corn feed.

Are you sewing by machine or by hand?

If you're sewing by hand, I'd recommend using a backstitch.

Sewing by machine, you should be fine using a straight stitch. A zigzag will also work. Just make sure you're using short stitches, because this will hold everything together very tightly. :)

I think a double stitched seam might be a little overkill. :D

You'll also need to make sure to trim the corners off before you turn the squares right side out and make sure to slipstitch it closed really tightly.