Seams, seams and more seams

“Seam finishes without an overlocker – my favorites – tried and tested”

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Many suggest using a zigzag stitch as an alternative to overlocking edges. I have never successfully executed this method and as I don’t own an overlocker (yet) I have as a result developed alternatives that work well for me. Below you will find my favorite alternatives to date.
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Biased edges

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biased-edged-seams

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This technique works well for seams that can afford to be sturdier and also ones that are most likely to be seen, e.g. inside bags, pillow cases etc. I have also used this technique on a skirt design to great effect. Works well even with minimal seam allowance such as in standard commercial patterns and therefore useful. You don’t need to allow extra seam allowance for this option.
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Fold under and zigzag

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fold-under-and-zigzag

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A light weight option that is easily executed and useful for curves. Works well even with minimal seam allowance such as in standard commercial patterns and therefore useful. You don’t need to allow extra seam allowance for this option.
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Folder inwards and zigzag

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fold-inward-and-zigzag

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A super neat option well suited to straight seams. Slightly less ideal for curved joins. Works well even with minimal seam allowance such as in standard commercial patterns and therefore useful. You don’t need to allow extra seam allowance for this option.
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Triple stitched

triple-seam.
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Love this option however does mean that extra stitching is visible and forms part of the garment design. Seams are folded under and then sewn with straight stitch. Ideally requires more seam allowance that usual in pattern design to execute this method. This is the method I used in my  “Easy Pattern Making – from t-shirt to light weight summer top” post.
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