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Topic: Dumb sewing question, re: seams  (Read 599 times)
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« on: April 28, 2005 01:37:28 PM »

In my office, one of our doctors showed up with 3-4 lab coats that apparently were the wrong fabric and the wrong size, but he's just been hanging onto them forever, so they're not returnable  Roll Eyes  So my co-workers said "I bet crafty Melinda could do something with them" -- of course, that's a challenge.  The fabric has a high polyester content, so can't really be dyed very well, but I think what I could do is make some simple tote bags for my co-workers.

I really just *barely* know how to sew just a tiny bit, so this is probably a very silly question, but if I'm just using a sewing machine, not a serger or anything like that, will I need to turn under the seams to keep them from coming apart?  I mean like when you turn under once and then twice so the cut edge is inside.  Seems like if I do that to all the edges and then seam them together, it would be too bulky.  But would it unravel and come apart if I just seam the cut edges and put them on the inside?  I don't need these tote bags to look super-professional, just something to carry books or something.


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« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2005 01:40:57 PM »

If the edge of the fabric isn't going to show and its going to be seamed together anyway I don't see any reason why you would need to do anything fancy to the edges.  Its not going to continue fraying until the bag falls apart or anything.  I think that's what you were asking...I hope that helps

« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2005 02:12:46 PM »

Yeah, that is basically what I was asking (I'm too wordy  Roll Eyes ) -- Thanks!


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« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2005 04:52:53 PM »

if the machine you use has a zig zag stitch, you can seam first and then zig zag stitch inside the seam allowance. that will prevent additional fraying. it's kinda like a poor-girl's serger.  Wink

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