HOW TO EASILY FINISH SEAMS

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO FINISH A SEAM?

To finish a seam means to neaten the raw edges of a seam to prevent the fabric from fraying.

My favorite part about making a garment is finishing the seams. There's something quite satisfying about neatening up messy raw edges! I'll show you five easy ways to finish a seam with and without a serger. Let's do this!


1. PINKED SEAM

For this method you'll need pinking shears. It's super easy and gives you cute zig zag edges. This method is best used on non-fraying fabrics.

HOW TO:

  1. Sew a plain seam.
  2. Trim the seam allowance with the pinking shears.

2. ZIG ZAG SEAM

If you don't have a serger, then zig zagging the raw edges of the seam allowance will often do the trick. It's quick and pretty! Try using contrasting thread to add a fun detail.

HOW TO:

  1. Sew a plain seam.
  2. Set your machine to a zig zag stitch. Test it out on a scrap of fabric to make sure you're happy with the width and length of the zig zag.
  3. Stitch along the raw edge.
  4. Repeat on the other seam allowance.
  5. Press the seam open.

3. SERGED SEAM

For this method you'll need a serger. You can pretty much serge any type of fabric. It's a fast and easy way to get neat professional looking seams. All you have to do is run the seams through the serger. That's it! This is the method I use for most of my sewing projects. A serger is definitely worth the investment. I absolutely love mine!


4. SELF, CLEAN-EDGE SEAM

The self, clean-edge seam is a quick and easy method of finishing a plain seam. This finishing method works well to prevent raw edges from unraveling on coarse fabrics.

HOW TO:

  1. Sew a plain seam.
  2. Fold the raw edge under 1/8", toward the wrong side.
  3. Stitch close to the folded edge.
  4.  Repeat on the other seam allowance.
  5. Press the seam open.

5. BOUND-EDGE SEAM

Bound-edge seams (aka Hong Kong finish) gives you a clean professional looking garment. Try this method to finish unlined jackets and loosely woven fabrics.

HOW TO:

  1. Sew a plain seam.
  2. Slip bias tape over one edge of the seam allowance.
  3. Edge stitch along the fold of the bias tape.
  4. Repeat on the other seam allowance.
  5. Press the seam open.

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