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A shirt placket with buttons and topstitching.

Topstitching is a sewing technique. It is used most often on garment edges such as necklines and hems, where it helps facings to stay in place and gives a crisp edge. It can also be used to attach details like pockets or tabs on zippers, especially on bags.[1] Decorative topstitching is designed to show, and may be done in a fancy thread or with a special type of stitch.[2] Otherwise, topstitching is generally done using a straight stitch with a thread that matches the fashion fabric.[3]


  1. ^ Mallalieu, Nicole (2014). The Better Bag Maker. Concord, CA: C&T Publishing. p. 23. ISBN 978-1-60705-805-2. 
  2. ^ Kim, Sue (2011). Bags—The Modern Classics. Concord, CA: C&T Publishing. p. 7. ISBN 978-1-60705-388-0. 
  3. ^ Conlon, Jane. "Tools for Topstitching". Threads. Taunton. Retrieved 2015-03-29.