Not to be confused with Ranting.

Rantering is a type of stitching made to conceal a seam line that runs across the grain of the joined pieces of fabric.[1] Rantering stitches take hold of the nap of the fabric and pull it closed over the seam. After this process, the tailor will card or scratch the rantering to blend the nap around the seam with the rest of the fabric.[2] A rantering stitch would also be used in the process of mending a garment to conceal seam lines produced in that process.[3][4]


  1. Rathvon, S. S. (September 1901). "Technical Terms of Tailoring". The American Tailor and Cutter. New York: Jno. J. Mitchell Co. 23 (3): 70. Retrieved February 7, 2016 via Google Books.
  2. The Boy's Book of Trades and the Tools Used in Them. London: Routledge. 1866. pp. 219–220. Retrieved February 7, 2016 via HathiTrust.
  3. Scott, Clarice L. (1944). Make-overs from Coats and Suits. Washington, D.C.: United States Department of Agriculture. p. 16. Retrieved February 7, 2016 via Google Books.
  4. Ryan, Mildred Graves (1954). Thrift with a Needle: The Complete Book of Mending. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. pp. 23–24. Retrieved February 7, 2016 via HathiTrust.

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