Power of Stay Tape | Sewing Tip

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Last week was a big travel week for me and I wanted to share a quick tip on something that I packed along. Honestly, when I figured out I was traveling I made up my mind that I would NOT buy a ton of clothing…. actually, I could not is more of the reality.

So, I dove deep into my stash and pulled out a few finds. One was this tonal gray stripe. I just love the little flecks of silver lurex running through it. It gives it a bling factor without screaming look at me! But what was I going to make? Well, my travel plans were taking me from the cool Colorado weather to the hot sun of Texas. Which in my book means layers or tee shirts. Bonus, they are easy to pack and I live in them on the average day.

Time is always a factor for me so, I knew it had to be a quick sew pattern. Insert the Casual Lady from Go To patterns. Since I had already made the dress version, I knew it would stitch together quickly.  With a few quick adjustments to the neckline, I was off to the cutting table! One thing I was super worried about was matching up those shoulder stripes. I thought if I stretched them, it would be a tell tale sign of a home made garment. Insert my secrete weapon and a must have with knits- stay tape. It was game on.

Stay Tape is perfect for sewing with knits. Quick Tip by The Sewing Loft #sewingtip #sewing

Stay Tape


Have you used stay tape before?  If not, you should totally put it on your radar.  It can be your BFF when sewing with knits. Just cut the tape to size and sew seams together like normal.  The stay tape will provide an even layer of stability and prevent stretching when sewing.

Stay Tape is perfect for sewing with knits. Quick Tip by The Sewing Loft #sewingtips #sewing


I just love the way my shoulder seams came together. I could not have achieved those perfectly matched stripes without the help of stay tape!

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  1. Olga Becker says

    What an awesome tip! Thank you!

  2. Rowena Kerr says

    Never to old to learn…stay tape is new to this 80 y/o…thank you so much!

  3. Great tip! Thank you.

  4. Trudy L. Miller says

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I’ve always been afraid of knit fabric but now, maybe I’ll brave it and make some things I’ve always wanted to try!

  5. Great reminder. You can also use seam binding or any Straight grain non stretch fabric cut in strips

  6. All I find in the fabric store is “Stitch Witchery” but not “Stay Tape” — what’s the difference? Or is there one?

  7. judie roberts says

    Hello is this tape iron on please? I have found a UK supplier but it is by the yard and so no instructions.

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