A stitch made to strengthen a potential weak spot in a garment or other sewn item.
- The cord will be looped at one bar tack, with the cord tails at the opposite bar tack.
- I go forwards and then reverse over the stitching so that it doesn't come undone, making the bar tack the width between the two lines of top-stitching.
- Either choice, bail ring or not, needs to be really well sewn in (if your machine zig zags I would suggest replicating a bar tack, two or three straight stitches across the webbing and two or three zig zag stitches over those).
- Example sentences
- It is bar-tacked at critical stress points, wind-resistant and water-repellant with a polyurethane coating.
- I bar-tacked it every time it started/ended or where I couldn't sew it to allow where the compression straps ran under.
- Silk ribbon tastefully stitched around the lower waistband, and charming ribbon tab on the back besom pocket, and bar-tacked side seam pockets.
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