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Topic: N00b Q: Would you sew a flat felled seam if you didnt have a serger?  (Read 934 times)
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« on: September 02, 2010 03:01:28 AM »

Hi there,

I'm totally new to sewing, only finished one project!! But mean to learn lots more Smiley I'm on a budget too and only have a sewing machine. This means I cant do those fabby serger seams and what not.

My question is, would a flat felled seam be ok to replace a serger seam? I know there is a difference in how you would treat knit fabrics etc and sergers are great for that, yeah?

But if you (as someone who knows infinitely heaps more than me!) had to choose another type of seam, would the flat felled seam be ok?

I feel fine with them, with thicker fabrics that is. I've never tried with thin or knits yet which is why I ask, before I explode the universe with a failed attempt!


Thank you!  Grin
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« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2010 06:38:09 AM »

Personally, French seams (and faux French seams, for curves) are my go-to for a finished seam, but a lot of that is personal preference.  I think you'll find that what seam you use will depend a lot on your fabric and the shape of the seam.  There are just some situations where you'd want to use one over another.  Knits are a whole other animal.  They don't ravel, typically, so having a finished seam isn't a huge deal.  What you can do, for neatness' sake, is to zigzag in the seam allowance on the very edge, either of each piece separately, or after pressing, sewing both sides together.  The zig zag allows the knit to still stretch, which the other seams won't allow.  If you keep the seams from stretching like they want to, you'll end up with snapped stitches.  The only time I would say you absolutely need a serger is if you wanted to make items to sell.  And even then, flat felled and French seams are couture techniques that can still replace a serger, just not in every situation.  Oh, Hong Kong seams are also nice, especially on curved bits.
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« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2010 02:22:58 AM »

Hi Aislynn,

Thank you for your answer. I have heard of french seams and have a seen a pic of a hong kong seam (looks nice, but cant find a tut anywhere!) but have no idea how to go about doing it. Something on my to do list! That and obviously buy some more sewing books heh

Unless Ive totally missed it and it already exists, a wee list of some seams and their pro's and con's would be ever helpful, even tuts? Ive seen the flat felled one I suppose it might be kind of spoon feeding and I hope it doesnt offend anyone, but it would definitely help those like myself who generally dont have a scooby doo.

Thank you again, you've been very helpful!:)x

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« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2010 03:09:31 AM »

I found this hong kong tute: http://www.burdastyle.com/techniques/hong-kong-binding-seam-finish

French seams are wonderful things! Basically, you lay your fabric wrong sides together, stitch close to the edge (maybe 1/4" or so from the cuts?), turn it wrong sides out and press it, then do the final stitching 3/8" from the pressed edge. There's a really good tute for it here: http://www.sewneau.com/how.to/french.seam.html That site also has a flat-felled seam tutorial.
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« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2010 03:17:07 AM »

Thank you Confuzzle!! mwoah!x Grin
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« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2010 04:03:42 AM »

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« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2010 05:38:35 AM »

One of my favorite blogs has a post devoted to each of them!  With tutorials!

http://www.sempstress.org/tag/sewing/

I went with the sewing tag link, because it's got tutorials for seams and hems.  She keeps adding stuff!
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« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2010 06:29:08 AM »

Aw..Thats fantastic Aislynn! Thanks!!x I've subscribed and going to read through some while i grab my lunch  Grin  Cheesy
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