Basting can be done by hand or machine. When basting by machine, use the longest straight stitch length available and reduce your top thread tension. This stitch is used to hold seams or special applications, such as zippers, in place temporarily until the permanent stitching is done. Basting is removed after the final stitching is in place. Because the top thread tension was reduced, it's easier to pull the bobbin thread out.
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