#3 Stay stitch around the outer edge of your quilt to prevent unraveling fabric and seams. Quilts go through a bit of handling to load them onto a long arm machine. If pieced border seams are not adequately backstitched, they often times will begin to pull apart. Loosely woven fabrics on solid borders are also likely to unravel some. To sew a stay stitch, simply set your machine to a medium length straight stitch, and sew 1/8” in from the outside edge, all the way around your quilt.