June 16, 2011

Self Finished Seams Pt. II



Here's a few more self finished seams that are more or less versions of each other. I'll think you'll find these useful and totally easy to do. Tomorrow I've got some really fun decorative seams coming up that you can do in conjunction with the seam finishes I've shown. Isn't it amazing how many seam finishes there are? Hopefully these small tutorials have expanded your palette on what seam finishing you can use next!

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French Whipped Seam


This is a great seam finish for lightweight to medium weight fabrics where a curved seam is called for - like in the armhole.



Stitch a plain seam, then stitch again 1/8" away from the original seam.



This next part you can do one of two ways. The first option - I like better for medium weight fabrics - is to trim the seam to 1/8" from the 2nd stitching line and then overcast the seam with a zigzag edge. The second option - which I like better for lightweight fabrics - is to do this last step in reverse. Stitch the zigzag edge and then trim close to the zigzag stitching. I don't know about you, but with lightweight fabrics, the fabric ends up getting caught in the machine feed and basically ruining it if done with the first option.


Use for: lightweight to medium weight fabrics
Application: apply this seam finish after you've stitched a seam; works especially well on curved seam areas



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Hairline Seam


A really great option for sheer fabrics where there is likely not going to be any strain.



Instead of stitching the seam with a straight stitch, stitch a narrow zigzag stitch. Then trim close to the edge.


Use for: lightweight & sheer fabrics
Application: apply this seam finish instead of a straight stitch; great for areas with little or no strain.


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Double Stitched Seam


This seam finish is good for knits that have a tendency to curl at the edges - though it works great for wovens too.



Stitch a regular seam and then stitch again 1/8" away from the seamline with a narrow zigzag or straight stitch. Trim close to stitching.


Use for: lightweight to medium weight wovens and knits
Application: apply this seam finish after you've stitched a seam


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Self Bound Seam


Another nice seam finish that's sort of a variation on the french seam.



Stitch a regular seam and then trim one side of the seam allowance to 1/8" or 1/4" depending on the fabric weight and tendency to fray.



Fold the edge of the other seam allowance over 1/8" and turn over to encase the shortened seam allowance.



Slip stitch or machine stitch in place.


Use for: lightweight to medium weight fabrics
Application: apply this seam finish after you've stitched a seam


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Overedge-Stitch or Overlock Stitch Seam



You might be surprised that your machine may come equipped with a seam finishing stitch of its own. Mine looks like the photo above (its button no. 8). What's more, there are even special feed I can purchase that actually will overedge seam finish and cut the fabric at the same time, very much like a serger! Definitely check it out!



Use for: lightweight to heavyweight fabrics
Application: apply instead of the seam stitch or 1/8" away from the seamline


Happy seam finishing!


xoxo,


Sunni


 

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