Basting stitches are long, easy to remove stitches applied by hand or by machine.
Basting is used to temporarily sew layers together for fitting or to prevent layers from shifting while sewing by machine.
Hand basting is done by sewing long stitches. Loosely secure stitches at each end.
Machine basting is done by setting your machine to long stitch length and looser tension. Leave the thread ends of each end of the seam long – do not back-tack when basting.