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From: lizs
Date: 03-13-2006, 09:30 PM (1 of 4)
When the instruction say to stitch in the seam allowance in order to finish off a seam are you supposed to sew through to the right side of the fabric or only through the seam allowance?

User: lizs
Member since: 03-13-2006
Total posts: 1
From: bridesmom
Date: 03-14-2006, 01:08 AM (2 of 4)
Do you mean like 'stitch in the ditch?? so your facing stays on the inside? Or are you stitching in the seam to hold a facing in place?
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User: bridesmom
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From: paroper
Date: 03-14-2006, 02:49 AM (3 of 4)
I think we need more information. There are several reasons that you might sew in the seam allowance. The most common, as Bridesmom has stated, would be where you sew the seam allowance of a facing to the top of the facing near the seam causing the facing to roll inward. Can you give us some context?

Bernina 200e, Artista V5 Designer Plus, Explorations, Magic Box, Bernina 2000DE & 335 Bernette Serger, Bernina 1530 Sewing Machine, Bernina 1300 DC Overlock (with coverstitch)
User: paroper
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From: dmoses
Date: 03-14-2006, 08:00 AM (4 of 4)
In general, if the purpose is just to finish the seam, then the stitching would be about 1/4 inch from raw edge of seam allowance only. You can zigzag over the edge, serge if you have a serger, straight stitch and pink using pinking shears, or fold raw edge under and stitch with a straight stitch. This keeps the seam looking neat, and prevents fraying.

However, as bridesmom and paroper mentioned, there are other seam finishes that really depend on the type of seam you are doing, so a little more information is needed.

Hope this helps. :smile:
Take care,
User: dmoses
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