Seam finishes stop the edge of sewn fabrics from fraying and help to create a beautiful final product. There are so many ways to finish a seam it can be a challenge to know which seam is best for the fabric being used. Common ways to finish seam are pinking, adhesives, or serging, but seam finishes can also be completed with the use of a sewing machine.
Below are some of the most common ways to finish a seam using a sewing machine:
For thick or bulky seams, this stitch is a perfect match for securing edges and preventing fraying! If you need a durable and relatively fast-finishing seam the zig-zag stitch has you covered. Sew away from the edge of the fabric, then trim for a flatter seam.
Produce a professional-looking finish on fine or sheer fabrics like chiffon or organza by using a french seam. It works best on lightweight fabric. A french seam works by encasing the seam within the seam allowance, covering raw edges so that there are no exposed edges. This seam is durable and will not fray.
For tough fabrics like denim, this double-stitched finishing seam is perfect. It covers the edges of the fabric and keeps the seam flat (like its name). The second row of stitches makes this seam very secure, perfect for high-stress points in garments like the crotch area.
If the fabric being used frays easily, whether it’s thick or thin, this stitch stops fraying in its tracks. This stitch can be made on a standard sewing machine, but the use of a special foot is typically needed. A plain seam is made first then the raw edges are completed separately with overcast stitches.
Seam finishes help projects to look beautiful from the inside out and can be applied using a sewing machine to achieve professional results. The basics have been covered, and you’re ready to tackle your next project!
Which seam finish is your go-to?