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Sewing Tips – Part 4


Here are a few tips on finishing your edges or reinforcing your seams. There are several ways to do this, as far as I know, but could be more. I’m not even going to pretend that I know the names of them all, so I’ll just show you what they look like. And I use them all for different reasons.


First, here is a generic seam that you may want to reinforce. (There are 2 pieces of fabric sewn together here.) Like, on the inside of some sewing project that you’re making.


This is my quick solution for most seams. Just a simple second seam. Done.


Then sometimes, I like to put an extra sturdy zig-zag in place……just because I think that secures it even more. And if you’d like, you can always adjust your settings and make the zig-zags really close together to make it really strong and secure.


Now, this is a nice finished edge, when you don’t want anything raw showing from the other side and want everything tucked away and clean looking…….. Just open up your 2 pieces that you have sewn together, and fold over your seams to one side.


Then, fold your raw edges under…….


And then sew this fold into place, attaching it to the main piece of fabric. This is great for sewing 2 big pieces together to make one big piece………like it was always one big piece.


You do see a seam from the front side though.


Then this last one, is a nicely finished seam that I like to use for clothing. Just open up your seam from the inside and press flat with your fingers.


Then fold under one side at a time and sew the raw edge, just to itself. (don’t sew it to the main piece)


Do this to both sides.


And from the front side, you shouldn’t see any seams.


Finishing off your projects is such an important step……but sometimes becomes very monotonous and time consuming. But do it anyway. Your projects will last a lot longer. Good luck.


And yes, the patterns are still in the works. Thanks for your excitement. Love that a lot.

Ashley Johnston

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Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with the craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!

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