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material under one-half inch for reinforcement. Insert the needle in such a manner that the knot will be between the two pieces of material. Form the overthrow stitch by inserting the needle one-eighth inch from the folded edge and at right Figure 10-27.—Overthrow stitch. angles to the material, as shown in figure 10-27. Make each stitch by inserting the needle from the same side as the previous stitch. For best results, make six stitches per inch. At the end of the row, tie off the thread with two half hitches. Sewing the Baseball Stitch The baseball stitch is a useful, permanent stitch, because it is very flexible and very elastic. It pulls the edges of material (cloth or leather) evenly together to form a flat surface, and it is used for repair or closing an opening. The thread lies on both the top and bottom edges of the material. Like lacing, it can be pulled as tightly as desired. Usually a curved needle is used to sew the baseball stitch. Thread the needle with the required type of cord, waxed and tied with a knot at the end. If it is fabric to be sewn, rather than leather, turn the edges under one-half inch. Insert the needle through the fold of one ply of material to hide the knot, as shown in figure 10-28. Insert the 239.379 Figure 10-28.—Baseball stitch. 10-23



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