Neatening seams for a polished finish
In the world of sewing, there’s an art to crafting with precision and finesse. We’ve talked about seam allowances and stitching, so now let’s discuss seam finishes in sewing your garment. Beautifully neatened seams are the hallmarks of polished clothing construction.
A seam allowance is your canvas, and stitching is your brushstroke. But what comes next? Elevate your work from functional to professional-looking. There are a few options to achieve this.
Use a serger
Enter the serger, your trusty sidekick in creating clean edges. A serger trims the excess fabric, neatens the edge, and encases it in a thread finish all at once. Think of it as a multitasking marvel that leaves your seams looking tidy and prevents fraying. Find out more about sergers here.
Use a sewing machine with an overcast foot
Don’t have a serger? No worries! Your regular sewing machine has a stitch that’s a close second. Use the overcast stitch for a finishing touch that mimics the serger’s work without the trimming feature. It’s designed to prevent fraying and give your seams a polished look.
This stitch often requires an overcast foot, a nifty accessory that guides the fabric as you stitch and allows the stitches to extend over the fabric’s edge. This simple yet effective technique transforms raw edges into something clean and professional.
Use a sewing machine with a zigzag foot
Another option on your sewing machine is the zigzag stitch, a versatile stitch known for its utility and aesthetic. When set to a suitable width and length, the zigzag stitch can bring you some of the functionality of the serger’s finish by securing the fabric’s edge somewhat and preventing fraying.
To use the zigzag stitch for seam neatening, you’ll need a zigzag foot, an accessory with a larger needle opening that glides smoothly over the fabric while the needle swings from side to side.
The goal is the same no matter the method
Whether you opt for the serger, the overcast stitch with an overcast foot, or the zigzag stitch with a zigzag foot, the goal remains the same: to create a polished finish that prevents fraying and adds that touch of finesse to your creations.
Elevate your craftsmanship with the art of neatening. This extra step takes your work from good to great, leaving your seams impeccably finished and your garments looking as though they were crafted by a seasoned pro.
Speaking of seasoned pros, get professional guidance at ABQ Sewing Studio.
Take a class with us
We’ll guide you as you finish your garment to make sure it looks great. Take a class with us at ABQ Sewing Studio.