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ajanderson78
« on: February 04, 2008 02:37:36 PM »

I REALLY want a serger but since I am unemployed it's out of the question. 

I'm looking to sew some items to make a few $$ to help pay some bills.  Of course I want my items to be durable, look nice, and last a long time.  One of the items I'm looking to make is a yoga mat bag.  Without a serger how do I keep the edges from fraying??? 


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« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2008 02:39:59 PM »

sorry, i don't know what a serger is but i just has a Janome sew mini that my mam bought me for christmas last year and it's doing well, whenever i've used it i've just folded the edge of the fabric over, sewed it in place then ironed flat (like a mini hem) for a neat edge that won't fray.
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« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2008 03:30:12 PM »

There are lots of nice seam finishes that you can do. You could do french seams (as long as the seams are mostly straight), bound seams, flat felled seams, etc. You can always overcast by hand, which obviously takes a while, but was the method used by tailors long before sergers were available. Pinking shears are always useful if you simply want to keep your seams from fraying. If you do make some money sewing, I would advise that you put that money into a serger. Whenever I make money sewing I put it directly into equipment or supplies (fabric, etc) and all too often beer, but that's to help me forget that there ain't much money in sewing!
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ajanderson78
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2008 04:57:11 PM »

There are lots of nice seam finishes that you can do. You could do french seams (as long as the seams are mostly straight), bound seams, flat felled seams, etc. You can always overcast by hand, which obviously takes a while, but was the method used by tailors long before sergers were available. Pinking shears are always useful if you simply want to keep your seams from fraying. If you do make some money sewing, I would advise that you put that money into a serger. Whenever I make money sewing I put it directly into equipment or supplies (fabric, etc) and all too often beer, but that's to help me forget that there ain't much money in sewing!

I TOTALLY plan on buying a serger, when I get the $$.  For now I'll look into the methods you have suggested.
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« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2008 06:32:57 PM »

Actually, for yoga mat bags, I think like suggested, a flat felled seam would be good for the side seam, then maybe a different seam finish for the bottom. I usually just zig zag off the edge, but I found out that my machine has an overlock stitch, it just takes forever.
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Kaitlinnegan
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2008 08:52:38 PM »

A zigzag stitch is my usual "default" finishing step - I still use it sometimes now even though I have a serger.  Go for a wide, short stitch so it covers the edge well.  To the uneducated eye, it looks almost the same as serging.  French or fell-flat seams are a little more time consuming, but very professional.  Another option is a "Hong Kong" finish where the seams are bound with folded strips of fabric.  You may want to check a basic sewing reference for detailed instructions on how to do these seam finishes.  The French, fell flat, or Hong Kong finishes actually look more professional (and prettier!), in my opinion, than serged seams.
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« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2008 09:05:10 PM »

Here's a tutorial for French Seam: http://stardustshoes.blogspot.com/2007/08/sewing-101-french-seam.html
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sweet_apple_pie
« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2008 04:59:51 PM »

The French, fell flat, or Hong Kong finishes actually look more professional (and prettier!), in my opinion, than serged seams.

i agree, as i do not WANT to buy a serger because i rather spend that money on more FABRIC ( YUM! )


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ajanderson78
« Reply #8 on: February 05, 2008 10:31:27 PM »

The French, fell flat, or Hong Kong finishes actually look more professional (and prettier!), in my opinion, than serged seams.

I REALLY like the look of the flat felled seams!  I think for most of my design ideas it will work out well and for some a french seam will work better.  Then I'm thinking about the Hong Kong finish and how it would work for another design where the seams are on the outside. 

I'm coming up with a few really good ideas for mat bags I've never seen before.  No regular mat bags here, they are going to be "Designer" bags.  The ones all the stars will be carrying to their yoga classes.  And they'll pay more for them because they will hand made, one of a kind.  Yep, that's what I'm gonna do.   




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maguro
« Reply #9 on: November 30, 2008 07:53:10 PM »

you could also put a lining into the bag to fix the problem of not having a serger.
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