“Give us the tools and we will finish the job.” – Winston Churchill. One of the signs of a truly well-made project is that it looks nearly as good on the inside as it does on the outside. Finishing a project’s inside raw edges will not only elevate the final appearance, it will also elevate your sewing skills to a new level. In general, the purpose of any seam finish is to prevent fray-prone fabrics from raveling beyond the seam, which would then leave a hole in your sewn project. It also helps reduce bulk on certain fabrics, such as fleece. And, finishing stitches always provide added strength to a seam and the fabric’s edge. However, it’s often only about the look, and most professionals recommend you finish fabrics that don’t even appear to require it.
If you’re a power sewer, you may turn to a serger to handle a lot of your seam finishing, but there are many available solutions using just your trusty sewing machine. That’s what we have collected for you today.
Since we started with a quote about finishing, we’ll end that way as well. With words of wisdom from Dave Barry:
“My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far today, I have finished two bags of M&Ms and a chocolate cake. I feel better already!”
We have four tutorials covering a wide range of finishing options. You can use the handy links below to click through to each and every one.
Covers straight stitch options, zig zag, and overcasting, plus reviews some of the specialty presser feet that can be used.
A pretty option and ideal for sheer and/or delicate fabrics… and so much more.
These come to us by way of fine couture and heirloom sewing, but have a variety of flexible uses.
Learn two advanced techniques for wrapping a seam allowance’s raw edges with a bias cut strip of lightweight fabric.