Seam, Stitch, Topstitch... What are They?
Differences between Seams and Stitches
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Seam vs. Stitch
What is a Stitch?
A stitching line is a sequence of stitches that usually holds two pieces of fabric together (or more).
Depending on the fabric quality and the purpose of the seam, you can use different stitches: lock stitch, chain stitch, overlock stitch, cover stitch, etc.
Its function can be ornamental, as well as to reinforce the seam and keep the seam allowance stable.
What is a Seam?
A seam is the result of sewing a line of stitches in order to join two or more pieces of fabric (construction seams), or to make a finishing on the edge of a fabric (hems and finishes).
Some of the most common seams are French Seam, Welt Seam, Open Seam, and Bounded Seam, just to name a few.
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Belu Chi | Technical Designer
My mum taught me to sew when I was 15.
I used to make skirts in every single colour, andt my girlfriends loved them! I later studied Industrial Design, specialized in clothing… and that’s where it all began.