Staystitch: A regular machine stitch (usually 1/8″ parallel to the stitch line) applied while the garment is being assembled in order to support garment edges and to preserve the shape.
I mostly like this definition. It is very descriptive and clear, but I also think it leaves out one critical piece of information. The stitch length should be shorter than normal. I looked at other definitions too. So much variation! I tell all my students there are many ways to do things in sewing – my way is not the only way – and they will learn tips and techniques that work best for their sewing style. (My way IS the right way of course (lol!!), but certainly not the only way. 🙂 )
What fun things are you working on in your studio these days? I’d love to hear from you! I may even get a few pictures up next week of some of my projects.