English Paper Piecing: Whipstitch vs. flatback stitch
Whipstitch vs. Flat Back Stitch
There are 2 commonly used stitches in English Paper Piecing. Whipstitch and flat back stitch. In this tutorial I will show you how to perform each stitch so you can see the difference and decide for yourself which you prefer.
Let's start with the whipstitch, this is the most commonly used stitch because it's quick and easy!
Flat Back Stitch
The flat back stitch is a little trickier to master but great for you if you want nearly invisible stitching on the finished side of your project.
Take your pieces and align them flat together along the edge you will be stitching first. Take a piece of tape (I used clear scotch tape but you can use washi or masking tape too) and tape your pieces together. Keeping your pieces flat, stitch along the edge keeping your needle perpendicular to your pieces. As you add more pieces to your project, you may find this stitch more difficult to preform but this stitch will reward you with nearly invisible thread on your finished side which gives your project a cleaner, neater look.