Choosing the right seam and finish for the garment is important.
Different seams are created for different types of fabrics and garments.
Which seam should you use? Look at the next few slides and see!
Choosing Seams & Finishes Double-Stitched Seam This seam is used to add durability in stress areas. To stitch this seam, you first make a plain stitch and then add a second row of stitching.
Choosing Seams & Finishes French Seams This stitch is used on sheer fabrics. It is a seam within a seam. First stitch the wrong sides together and turn and press. Then place the right sides together and stitch again.
Choosing Seams & Finishes Turned Under and Stitched Seam This seam is used on light to medium weight fabrics (especially good for jackets). Turn 1/8 inch machine stitch close to the edge. Work from the top side of the seam.
Choosing Seams & Finishes Hong Kong Seam This seam is used to enclose seams, but is less bulky than bias tape. Place right side of binding on right side of seam. Stitch at 1/8 inch from the edge. Turn binding over edge to inside. Stitch-in-the-ditch on the top side.
This seam is used on see through fabrics. It is a seam within a seam. It has a seam sewn together with the wrong sides together and then after it is pressed, another seam is sewn with the right sides together.
This seam is used to enclose other seams without the bulk of double fold bias tape. A very light weight fabric is placed on the right side of the binding to right side of the seam. The stitch is 1/8 inch from the edge, then turned over and stitched again in the ditch.
This seam is used on light to medium weight fabrics. However, this can not be used if there are extremely curved seams. The edges of a ¾ stitch are turned 1/8 inch, then stitched close to the edge. This is a great finish for unlined jackets.