I learned the importance of ﬁnishing seams many years ago when a cotton skirt I had spent hours sewingcame apart at the seams after a few washings. You see, no one had ever told me you needed to ﬁnish seamswhen you sewed something. The pattern instructions I used certainly didn’t mention it.Now, when I teach others to sew, one of the ﬁrst things discussed is how to ﬁnish a seam edge. While differentfabrics will require different seam ﬁnishes, you’ll quickly discover your favorite
ADVENTURES FROM THE SEWING STUDIO
Back to Basics - Seam Finishes
by Sharon Madsenhttp://sharonsews.blogspot.com © 2008
PINK OR STITCH AND PINK:
As simple as it sounds. Trim the edges of a seamallowance with a pinking shear. To stitch and pink,sew a line of straight stitches about 1/4” from the rawedge. Trim close to the line of stitching with pinkingshears.
Using a medium zigzag stitch, zigzag close to theraw edge and then trim close to the stitching. You canzigzag each seam allowance separately, or zigzag theseam allowances together and press to one side.Pinked seam ﬁnishZigZag seam ﬁnish
Turn each raw edge under 1/4” and stitch in place.Clean ﬁnish seamﬁnish back sideClean ﬁnish seamﬁnish