If you don't know what I mean by "Stitching in the ditch" this is an example. It's after you've sewn on the band, flipped it to the opposite side and folded the 5/8" for slip stitching.
This is the top that I'm working on. After sewing the front bands to the shirt, I thought, I'd perfer stitching in the ditch than slip stitching both front bands and the collar band.
Guess what? This is as far as I got when I chickened out because I wanted to make sure the stitches didn't show.
Well, there are times when it is not best to short cut, but to do the right thing or find yourself using the seam ripper. That being said, if this was a print, stitching in the ditch would have been a serious option.
I don't know if I have ever seen it written, but my mom used the terminology. I'll check the net when finished. Ok, I checked and the term exists, especially in quilting. Do you stitch in the ditch?