Seam Finishes

Want to give your creations a professional finishing?  Take a few extra minutes and give the seams a final touch which will look good, keep fabric from raveling, and in the case of an unlined jacket or vest, will make the inside of the garment look as good as the outside.  I have used contrasting thread so it is easier for you to see the stitching.

My favorite way to finish my seams is with the French Seam.  Basically it is having the raw seam edges bound inside another seam.  It works especially well on children’s clothing as I have never known one to come undone.

Sew both pieces of fabric, wrong sides together, 1/4″ from the edge. FRENCH SEAM - a copy Press the seam to set it.  Open and turn the fabric right sides together, press the fold, stitch 3/8″ from the fold. FRENCH SEAM - b copy Press toward the back of the garment.  That’s all there is to it.  A beautiful finish to your seams.



FOLD OVER SEAM -a FOLD OVER SEAM -b FOLD OVER SEAM -cSew your seam as usual, 5/8″.   Press, fold 1/4″ toward stitching, press, on each side of the seam allowance.  Stitch seam allowance scant 3/8″ from each fold.  Press open.

This is another good finish for fabrics which tend to unravel.





Sew seam as usual, press open, then sew seam binding over each raw edge.BOUND SEAM

This is a very nice finish when making an unlined jacket or vest.





Sew the seam as usual, then stitch 1/4″ to 3/8″ along each allowance edge.  Now trim the seam edges using pinking shears.


With wrong sides facing, sew the seam.  Trim away one of the seam allowances to 1/4″.  Fold the other seam allowance over the newly trimmed edge meeting at the stitch line, press, lay flat and stitch close to the fold edge.