Finishing Methods In Sewing

For simple finishes, the edges of the seam allowances may be stitched and pinked; zigzagged; turned under for 3 mm (Ye inch) and then stitched; blanket-stitched Or overcast.

French seam This is a good seam finish for fine fabrics and for items frequently washed, such as blouses, nightwear and pillowcases. The edges are completely enclosed.

Make a plain seam, placing the fabric edges with wrong sides together; stitch, taking half the total seam allowance. Press as stitched.

Trim the edges to 5 mm (ΒΌ inch) of the stitching and press the seam open.

Turn the fabric right side out and fold along the line of the seam. Baste and stitch along the stitching line. Press as stitched.

Machine fell seam This is a strong flat finish, suitable for shirts and sports clothes.

Make a plain seam and press the turnings flat to one side of the stitching.

Trim the under-seam allowance to half the ori ginal width and fold under the edge of the upper allowance for 3 mm PA inch). Pin down to the main fabric, over the trimmed edge, and tack and machine stitch close to the fold through all thicknesses.

Note: to make this seam with two rows of machine stitching on the right side, as for jeans, make the first seam with the wrong sides of fabric together.

Run and fell seam This is a flat seam finish suitable for baby clothes.

Work as for a machine fell seam, using running stitch to form the first seam and oversewing for the second stage.