Tailoring Thursdays™, Tips, Tricks and Techniques for Sewers
Sometimes a straight stitch is not enough to keep your sewn items from unraveling at the seams. Especially when it comes to sewing garments. I often hear, "I cannot finish my seams without a serger."
But, Guess What - You CAN!
Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my serger. It is a great tool and irreplaceable for a professional finish. But it is not a necessity. You CAN create just as sturdy a finish on your edges/seams without a serger by using an overcast stitch.
Look over your sewing machine manual to find which overcast stitches are available on your machine.
|This is my personal favorite. Used for seams on stretch fabrics.|
|This stitch is used for seams on quilters weight cotton and other lighter weight cottons.|
|This is for your thicker fabrics. Use this stitch on your upholstery and some denim seams.|
|Zig zag stitch is a very common overcast stitch. Use it on everything from mid-weight cotton to denim. When using as your overcast stitch, I recommend doing a straight stitch on the seam and then the zig-zag stitch near the edge of the fabric.|
|3-point zig-zag stitch. Used mostly for darning and attaching elastic, it is also good to fancy up a traditional zig-zag stitch where seam stitching will be seen.|