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Types of Seam Finishes

Pinked Seam Finish

Description
The raw edges of the seam allowance are trimmed with pinking shears.
Suitable For
Most fabrics except those very prone to raveling.
Advantages
Fast and easy. Doesn’t add bulk to the seam allowance.
Disadvantages
Doesn’t look as neat and clean as other methods. May not keep very ravelly fabrics
from
fraying, especially if the finished item will be laundered. Requires special scissors
to make.
How to Make
Just trim the edge of the seam allowance with pinking shears. And trim the seam
allowances
first, then press them open. This way, both sides will be trimmed at once, saving
time.
However, if you’re working with a very bulky fabric that’s difficult to cut through,
press the seam
allowance open first, then trim each side separately.

Zigzagged Seam Finish Description A zigzag stitch is sewn close to or over the raw edge of the seam allowance. Adds little bulk to the seam allowance. Or you can zigzag close to the raw edge first. You can either press the seam allowance open or zigzag each edge separately or you can leave the seam allowances together. then trim the seam allowance close to the stitching. and press the seam allowance to one side. zigzag them together. then zigzag over the raw edge using a medium zigzag stitch. Disadvantages Doesn’t look as neat and clean as some other methods. How to Make Trim the raw edge of the seam allowance (to make a clean edge). . Suitable For Most fabrics Advantages Effective at keeping the raw edges of the seam allowance from fraying.

Clean-finished Seam . How to Make Serge the seam. Quick and easy to make because the stitching and trimming can be done in one step. Suitable For Most fabrics Advantages Produces a neat. Adds little bulk to the seam allowance. clean finish that’s fray resistant. You can either serge each edge separately and press the seam allowance open or serge the two sides of the seam allowance together and press it to one side. Disadvantages You need a serger machine to make the stitch.Serged Seam Finish Description A line of overcast stitches is sewn over the raw edge of the seam allowance.

Suitable For Light weight fabrics and fabrics that are prone to raveling. Advantages Makes a neat. Stitch close to the folded edge using a straight stitch.Also called a turned and stitched seam finish. Advantages . How to Make Press the seam open. Description The edges of the seam allowance are turned under and stitched. clean finish that won’t ravel. Turn each fabric edge under 1/8” to 1/4”. French Seam Finish Description The raw edge of the seam allowance is enclosed in a secondary seam. making it unsuitable for heavier fabrics. Suitable For Light to medium weight fabrics. Ideal for items that will have visible seams. Disadvantages Adds bulk to the seam allowance.

A little complicated to make. Fold the item right sides together at the seam line. Press the seam allowance open. then press. place your fabric pieces wrong sides together. then topstitched on the outside. Disadvantages Adds bulk to the seam allowance. Suitable For Most fabrics. making it unsuitable for medium to heavy weight fabrics. Flat-felled Seam Finish Description The raw edge of the seam allowance is encased. clean. Press the seam allowance to one side. Raw edges will not ravel because they are completely encased. Stitch 3/8” from the edge. . Disadvantages Requires precise pressing and sewing. Somewhat time consuming. Somewhat time consuming. finish. Requires precise sewing. Makes a very sturdy seam. Advantages Makes a neat. clean finish. How to Make Assuming your item has a 5/8” seam allowance. Trim the seam allowance down to about 1/8”.Produces a very neat. Raw edges will not ravel because they are completely encased. Makes a topstitched seam on the outside you may not want. Items that need durable seams. Stitch 1/4” from the folded edge.

Disadvantages May add bulk to the fabric. Straigh Stitch Seam Finish Description This is a plain seam with an extra line of stitchingg Suitable for The straight stitch can be used as a seam finish on firmly woven fabrics which ravel slightly. Suitable for Children clothing. . Stitch along the edge of the folded seam allowance. Zig Zag as close as possible to the seam through both seam allowances. Advantages The narrow seam can be used anywhere on a garment. Disadvantages Does not look as neat as other methods. making it more comfortable to wear. Stitch each seam allowance 2/8” from the raw edge. Press the seam allowances open. or any fabric that needs extra strength. Press. Set machine for a zig zag of medium width and regular length. It also reduces the size of the seam allowance. No backstitching. No backstitching is necessary. but it is especially useful where extra strength is needed. Advantages It is effective in preventing the seam allowances in knits from curling.How to Make Place your fabric pieces wrong sides together and stitch. How to Make Stitch a plain seam. Trim Seam allowances close to the zig zag. Press seam allowance to one side. Fold the folded seam allowance over the trimmed seam allowance. Press the edge of one side of the seam allowance under 1/4”. Trim the other side of the seam allowance to 1/4”. Narrow Seam Finish Description The narrow seam finish is often used to control the curling seam allowances of knit fabrics. How to Make Stitch a plain seam.