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6 Different Ways to Finish a Seam Without a Serger (Part 2)

Here is part two of our 3 part series showing 6 different ways to finish a seam without a serger. 
This video shows how to do a zig zag finish and a press and stitch finish. Please note for this video the measurements we were working with a seam allowance of 5/8”.
 
Zig Zig
  1. Place your fabrics right-sides together, lining up your raw edges. Sew a 5/8" seam allowance (or whichever seam allowance your pattern calls for).
  2. Press the seam allowance open. 
  3. Fold all of your fabric away from the seam allowance you will be finishing so that you don’t catch it in this stitching.
  4. Set your machine to your preferred zigzag stitch size. We used a width of 4.5 and a length of 3.0 but you may want to test on a scrap of fabric first to see if you like the look and if not you can adjust it before sewing on your main project. 
  5. Stitch down the entire length of the seam. When you are finishing your edge with a zigzag stitch you want the left stitch to go into the fabric and the right stitch to go just off the edge of the fabric so that the stitches are encasing the raw edge. 
  6. Repeat step 5 on the other seam allowance. 
Press N Stitch
  1. Place your fabrics right-sides together, lining up your raw edges. Sew a 5/8” seam allowance (or whichever seam allowance you pattern calls for). Note for this technique, with a seam allowance narrower than 5/8” it will be a bit trickier to complete. 
  2. Press your seam allowance open.
  3. Fold your seam allowance in half so that the raw edge lines up with your stitching. Press in place. You can also use pins to hold this in place while you sew (just don’t forget to remove the pins as you sew). 
  4. Grab your piece by the fold making sure all your other fabric is out of the way. Sew as close as you can to the fold using a straight stitch making sure to only stitch through the seam allowance. 
  5. Repeat step 4 on the other seam allowance. 
 
 

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