Friday, December 14, 2012

Seam Finishes {Melly Sews}

Hello Keeping it Simple Readers! Today we're going to talk about seam finishes.
What is a seam finish? It's something you do to the inside of a seam to keep it from raveling. We're going to cover 4 popular options below. 
 This stitch is done with 3, 4 or 5 threads on a serger. It can also be referred to as serging a seam. Two of the threads wrap around the edge of the fabric, and a knife trims the fabric edge straight so that the threads can wrap around it. Pros: quick and easy to do Cons: you need a special machine to do this stitch
This type of stitch is essentially a zig-zag stitch done with the needle hitting just over the edge of the fabric on one side. Pros: Can be done with any machine that can do a zig-zag Cons: Does not wrap around the fabric edge as securely as an overlock stitch
A French Seam is made like this:
  1. Pin pieces together with wrong sides together, using a 1/4" seam 
  2.  Sew
  3. Flip the pieces to right sides together, and stitch the seam again
  4. The raw edges should be encased inside the seam
  5. If you look at it from the side, you can see the raw edges inside the seam
To do a Flat Felled seam follow these steps:
  1. Stitch your pieces together with at least a 1/2" seam.
  2. Press the seam flat and trim one seam allowance down to 1/4"
  3. Wrap the other seam allowance around the trimmed raw edge
  4. Stitch down close to the folded edge
  5. Your seam will look like this on the outside. You can add topstitching next to the seam or stitch with a double needle in step 5 to make this seam more decorative.
A flat felled seam can also be done starting with wrong sides together; this will give you a ridge on the outside like you normally see on jeans. So see, these fancy, scary sounding names for finishes are actually nothing to be scared of. See you next time, and thanks for having me! Keeping It Simple


Micki Sellers said...

Once I learned how to do a french seam, I stopped using my serger!

Crystelle Boutique said...

Great overview!
Very easy to understand.

hugs x