Paragraph 103. Insert the needle on the right side of the cloth. This will leave the knot on the right side, where it should be, for the basting is only a temporary stitch and will be removed when the permanent stitches are done. Let the needle extend (in the desired direction) under the cloth and come up again at about 1/2" from where it first entered the cloth. Put it through the cloth to the under side again at a space of about 1/2", making a stitch 1/2"
long on the right side. See Figure 4. Continue the process making the stitches all of even length on both the right and wrong side of the material. Fasten the thread with three or four small stitches sewed over one another.
This stitch is used in basting hems and seams that are to be fitted. Its length may be varied according to the amount of strain that is to be placed on the basted pieces before they are permanently stitched.