The more and more I work on different sewing projects I am highlighted to the lazy style in which I sew. I can understand if you are making quite basic items and a beginner that you don’t need all these fancy gadgets and learning all these different stitches, attachments and skills can be overwhelming. I once was one of these people but I think I have buried my head in the sand too long. It is time to learn and come to terms with my lazy sewing. Here are 5 different ways to create finished seams without an overlocker, they are easy to do and simple to follow.
Zig Zag Seam
A zig zag stitch is a really simple stitch, it is one of the stitches that you may have learnt when you first started sewing. It is also a stitch you will find on pretty much every machine, this stitch is commonly used on bulky fabrics. I usually use the stitch slightly in from the edge as if it catches on a loose thread it can become tangled and ruin the seam. I work with the stitch on a zig-zag length of 3 and stitch length of 2.
This seam is different to work with as it creates a case for the seam to sit in. Starting with the wrong sides together and working almost backwards to how we usually would. The french seam is most commonly used on lightweight fabrics such as silk, chiffon and sheer fabrics. The french seam will also create a more professional look to your project. Check out my post here for a more accurate tutorial on how to create a french seam.
Turned Under Edges
To me, this is a similar way to creating a french seam but much more simple. It is similar in the way it traps the raw edge of the fabric within itself. To create the seam simply fold under the raw edges and press. Top stitch the pressed edge into place and you have created the neat seam.
This is a great way to create a quick edging, pinking the raw edge will prevent closely woven fabrics from fraying. If the object is washed quite often then it may cause the fibres to move and fray to avoid this you can run a line of running stitch along the inner edge of the pinking shear cut.
This technique some people may already know as bias binding. This technique is often used on bulky fabrics or unlined jackets. To create this seam, use the doubled over bias tape fold over the raw edge and sew into place. Be careful not to catch the outer layer in the seam, fold away any excess fabric during sewing to stop any catches.