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From: SewingNewbie
Date: 10-04-2006, 01:17 AM (1 of 3)
I currently do not have a serger and I have been zig-zag stitching the end of the fabric pressing it and folding it over then doing a straight stitch down the edge. Is there an easier way of doing it? And would a surger make it easier?
User: SewingNewbie
Member since: 07-29-2006
Total posts: 34
From: Chrysantha
Date: 10-04-2006, 02:02 AM (2 of 3)
A serger would make it easier and faster...but if your machine has an 'overcast' stitch that might be fast too.
(makes a single dotted line and a zig zag pattern to over cast.)
User: Chrysantha
Member since: 09-06-2002
Total posts: 2414
From: AndreaSews
Date: 10-04-2006, 02:13 PM (3 of 3)
For most wovens, the zig zag alone will do the trick. The basic way to treat the seam would be to zig zag or trim with pinking shears and then press the seams open. It sounds like you're making an extra step by pressing to one side and stitching the seam allowances down. I'd take that extra step if a fabric were just freying right before my eyes--Think denim--but in most cases, it's not needed. For a very lightweight fabric, especially sheers, a french seam works nicely (wrong sides together, narrow (1/4) seam allowance, press and reverse so right sides are together and encase the raw edges by sewing a scant 3/8 in seam. I don't have a serger either, and I don't have any trouble with my garments freying away or looking shabby after washing.
User: AndreaSews
Member since: 02-18-2005
Total posts: 1007
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