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6 Different Ways to Finish a Seam Without a Serger (Part 3)

Here is part three of our 3 part series showing 6 different ways to finish a seam without a serger.
 
This video shows how to do a pinking finish and a Hong Kong finish. 
 
 
Pinking Edge
  1. Sew, with your right-sides together, using the seam allowance as called for by your pattern (we used 5/8” in our example). 
  2. Using your pinking shears, trim your seam allowance close to your cut edge. 
  3. Press your seam allowances open. 
 
Hong Kong Finish
  1. Sew with your right-sides together, using the seam allowance as called for by your pattern (we used 5/8” in our example). 
  2. Press your seam allowances open. 
  3. It’s now time to work on each seam allowance separately. 
  4. Take your single-fold bias tape and press open one side. Take the other (folded side) and line up the (raw) cut edge with the cut edge of your seam allowance.  Bring it the sewing machine and stitch the bias tape to the seam allowance, making sure to sew right in the crease of the bias tape. 
  5. Press your bias tape up along the crease.  Fold the bias tape around your seam allowance edge and press in place. 
  6. Now it’s time to stitch your bias tape in place. You can choose to “stitch-in the-ditch” or you can stitch a little bit away from the creased edge. Either technique works just fine as long as you make sure you are catching the edge of the bias tape on the back side. 
  7. Pull your other seam allowance away from the rest of your fabric and then repeat the same process on the other side. 
 

Comments

  • Tue, 01/30/2018 - 20:16 reply
    Beautifully explained.. I used to do Hong Kong Seam finishes and was very glad to have a refresher! They are the most elegant of finishes.

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