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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 my 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!
Sewing tips – part 4
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  1. Fatinha says:

    Ótima explicação. Agradeço por compartilhar os seus conhecimentos.
    Eu amo i seu blog. Parabéns.


  2. adriana) says:

    My daughter is making a T-Shirt quilt and has ironed fusible (sewing type) Heat n Bond on the back of her t-shirt material. She is now ready to sew the pieces together but the sewing maching is bunching up the material and not being passed through. Neither my daughter nor I know how to sew so any suggestions sure would be appreciated.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Why not do a princess seam where you sew wrong sides together then flip and sew right sides together. The entire seam is enclosed and finished off very neatly. I use this whenever I make clothing or other items where I don't want raw seams. It is really super easy. When you sew your 1st seam use about 1/4" seam allowance and when you flip it use 3/8", that way you still wind up with a 5/8" seam.

  4. NennyS says:

    Hi, thank you for the great tips. It's really useful to improve my sewing :)

  5. Super Hero Mom says:

    I'm just really getting into make some pillow case sundresses for my 2 year old daughter, and these tips are very helpful! I'm always afraid everything is going to fray and fall apart when I wash it, so these are great tips that will help ease my worry a little!!

  6. Rose says:

    Hahaha I was just wondering today if you had the new pattern posted yet. You better have lots of them "in stock" so none of us are disappointed!

  7. Missy G says:

    Thank you for all the great tips and tutorials. Today I made your diapers/wipes case, and I LOVE IT!! You can check it out at

  8. Ashley says:

    Ooooh, Jennifer, thank you! I haven't done the zig-zag that way……I'm going to have to try that out. And yeah, I forgot about the french seam. I may have to take a picture of that too, because that works really well also. Thanks so much……I love all of the extra tips and ideas too!!!! THANKS.

  9. julie says:

    I agree with Jennifer! When I'm making clothes (or something else that I don't want a raw edge on) I like to use french seams. All your tips are slightly different from this and I think the french seam is even a little easier!

    I love all your sewing tips.

  10. Beth- the mama bee says:

    I'm with jennifer, I like to use the french seam. I love that you are sharing all of these sewing tips.

  11. Jennifer says:

    I like to finish my edges mostly by setting my machine to the longest zig-zag stitch and letting one side of the zig-zag land off the fabric. It curls the edge under leaving a nice, non fraying edge. It's as close to a serged edge as I can get without buying a serger. Another option that I just used when sewing up a skirt I made with your pattern was a french seam. I first sewed the skirt panels with wrong sides together 1/4", turned the right sides together and pressed, then sewed another 1/4" seam covering up all the raw edges from the first seam and making the inside of the skirt have a nice casing. Doing this you don't see any difference on the outside.

  12. Heather says:

    Thanks those are great tips – I don't have a serger so these will come in handy!

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