How do you finish your garments? Well, in today’s tutorial, I am going to show you two ways on how to finish your garments- using a french seam or serger. Also, I am going to show you a sample of a garment with edges that haven’t been finished with a serger or a french seam. This is the kind that you don’t want to be happening to your projects.
Basically, what a serger does is finish off the inside seam allowances of a garment. This is done in such a way that the blade cuts away the excess fabric as you go stitching. As a result, the stitches surround the raw edges and keeps the fabric from fraying. It works really well. However, if you don’t have a serger, you can make use of a french seam.
In doing a french seam, you will see on either side of the fabric that there are no raw edges or any fraying. To do this, match the fabrics, wrong sides touching, and line up the raw edges of the seams. Then, just straight stitch whatever your seam allowance is and trim away the excess seam allowance after. Next, flip the fabric, iron press the seam in place, and stitch again. To keep the inside flat, you can stitch it down on the edge to hold it in place.
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Watch this tutorial as I show you how a serger works and how to make a french seam.