June 9, 2012

I scream, you scream, we all scream for french seams!

Filed under:Sewing — Aileen @ 10:18

I have made a few tops recently. In some of them I used french seams and in others I didn’t. In the last Sorbetto I made, the instructions don’t say to french seam the side seams, but I did it anyway.

The Wiksten tank pattern includes instructions for such a finish.

The Violet pattern just instructs to ‘finish your seams’ after you’ve sewn them, at which point it is too late for a french seam. I wish I had considered this, and the kind of material I was working with, before moving on. Even though I zigzagged all of my edges on the widest setting, some of it has frayed a little and the zigzags are coming loose.

This is kind of disappointing but I think that until I make the leap to getting an overlocker, I need to consider using french seams more often.

What do you think? Are you afraid of french seams or do you use them all the time?

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1 Comment »

  1. Your tops are beautiful. I don’t own a serger or overlocker either, but I’m very fussy about finishing seams. I had always used French seams, and I added an extra step by top stitching them to keep them lying flat. Recently I have been using flat felled seams a lot. I use these seam finishes nearly everywhere, sometimes even on slight curves. But where it’s not possible, I use bias binding on the seams instead, it might be an option for your Violet fabric if it is fraying badly?
    Angela

    Comment by Angela — June 16, 2012 @ 12:33

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