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Re: streatly stitch?

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  • borderlands15213
    I take back at least part of this description. Ron s is much closer! Y. ... so on.
    Message 1 of 6 , Feb 12, 2009
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      I take back at least part of this description. Ron's is much closer!


      --- In medieval-leather@yahoogroups.com, "borderlands15213"
      <borderlands15213@...> wrote:
      > --- In medieval-leather@yahoogroups.com, "mditmurier" <mditmurier@>
      > wrote:
      > >
      > > No it is used to butt 2 pieces of leather together, I believe?
      > >
      > >
      > > Never heard of it. Could it just be instructions to "straightly
      > > stitch"? That would make sense for a pair of breeches.
      > >
      > No; when you butt two pieces of leather together, you're putting the
      > cut edge of one to the cut edge of the other. The two pieces of
      > leather can be laid out flat on a table with their cut edges touching
      > both before and after sewing. "Edge flesh" or "butt edge" stitch is
      > used here.
      > For a pair of breeches, you'd have the big flat surfaces of the two
      > pieces of fabric touching each other, big flat surface up against the
      > other one's big flat surface. Then the needle pierces the two pieces
      > of fabric and the thread is "whipped" or "cast over" the cut edges of
      > the two pieces at one time, and then pierces the fabric again, and
      so on.
      > Overcasting is very useful for neatening cut edges, preventing
      > raveling, and it's very economic of fabric; used to join two
      > selvedges, it would take up hardly any 'usable' fabric at all, as
      > opposed to modern seam allowances provided for modern machine sewing.
      > Streatley stitch is just oversewing, or overcasting, but it's done
      > very precisely and very evenly, making one pass over the seam and then
      > turning the work around so you're now stitching from what had been the
      > back, and you overcast back to your original starting point. You
      > must, however, make exactly the same number of stitches by putting the
      > needle into the original needle "holes" from the first pass.
      > When this stitch is completed, it looks like zig-zag.
      > Streatley stitch is used in glove-making for very fine suede,
      > doe-skin, and white kid gloves. The edges of the leather/seams soil
      > very readily, and this stitch covers the edges. However, it's not
      > used for hard-wearing leather items: the friction will wear out the
      > threads.
      > Hope this has helped.
      > Yseult the Gentle
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