Since I began sewing, I have learned a few different ways to finish seams.
When I was learning to sew in school, we were told to do a straight stitch on both seam allowances before sewing up the seam.
When I started sewing clothes for my little girl, I zigzagged both seam allowances.
Then I began to zigzag the seam allowances together for a stronger seam.
I also learned how to finish a seam with bias tape, but I rarely use this method. When I do use it, it is for armholes with tiny seam allowances.
I still use the zigzag method when sewing in sleeves and other curvy pieces, but more often I use french seams to finish seams cleanly without any raw edges showing.
I just learned, as in this week, how to do a flat felled seam. So handy when making boys button up shirts because it keeps the shoulder seam clean and bulk free. Plus you have some nice stitching detail.
|Flat felled seam.|
Are there other ways to finish seams?