Why Baste Inside a Baste Box?

Basting Embroidery

Do you really need to baste around basting boxes? It is a good idea if you are combining several individual designs in the same hoop, especially when embroidering on challenging fabrics.

Basting designs in the hoop helps keep stitches aligned properly and keeps layers from shifting. That is really important if you are floating fabrics in the hoop, creating in the hoop projects, and  embroidering on delicate fabriccs that slide around easily.

Ideally, we should use the smallest hoop on hand for the design we are embroidering. That keeps stabilizer and fabric snug and gives crisp stitching results.

When creating the Monogramed Wedding Candles, I stitched the lacy letters on two layers of organza that were floated in the hoop. Basting was essential to keep the organza in place.

I also included three letters in one hooping instead of stitching each letter by itself. I added a separate basting stitch for each of the letters, then basted the group of all three as well. Overkill? Not if you want to hoop once and stitch once.

Stitch registration is important in lace designs and stitching on two layers of organza has it’s own challenges. Double basting insured that each letter stitched out properly without any wrinkles caused by the organza.

Each of the letters was going to be cut out and glued on LED candles so adding basting boxes did not hurt the overall design.

You can add basting boxes to designs using design editing/digitizing software such as Hatch and Embird. Some embroidery machines can also baste designs in the hoop. If your machine does not baste for you, you can take advantage of these free basting designs.