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Stitching: "English double stitching method"?

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I sent an e-mail to an Italian MTM shirtmaker asking whether they use single or double needle stitching when sewing the side seams. The reply I got was that "we use the English double stitching method". Searching the term I found nothing here or through Google, I suspect that the term is not widely used (if at all). If anyone knows, does it mean double needle stitching or does it somehow describe how they sew the seam?
 

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In French, la couture anglaise = single needle stitching. I suspect that is what the Italians meant here. You still stitch twice with single needle stitching, it just takes more time and is supposed to be more durable.
 

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Originally Posted by RJmanbearpig
In French, la couture anglaise = single needle stitching. I suspect that is what the Italians meant here. You still stitch twice with single needle stitching, it just takes more time and is supposed to be more durable.

Might also look better after a while as it shouldn't pucker like when sewn with double needles. Thanks for the answer!
 

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Originally Posted by RJmanbearpig
In French, la couture anglaise = single needle stitching. I suspect that is what the Italians meant here. You still stitch twice with single needle stitching, it just takes more time and is supposed to be more durable.

What they call, in French, "la couture anglaise" we call in English a "French seam". Neither of which is likely to be what is done in your shirt, which is more likely to be a flat-felled seam (and who knows how they call this in Italian). Either way, it is better than the typical double-needle seam.
 

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