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« on: October 04, 2008 02:19:50 PM »

I was wondering what people thought the best way to finish chiffon seams is.  I thought that I would need to get a serger, but after looking online it seems that the double zig-zag might be the way to go.  Any thoughts on either or how you would or do do it?
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2008 08:54:21 PM »

Maybe someone else can weigh in with respect to using a zigzag stitch, but for some weird reason I can never get it to look right  Undecided.  I've found that using a French seam gives really nice results.  Basically, you sew the seams WRONG sides together with a 3/8" seam allowance, trim them 1/8", then put the fabric RIGHT sides together and sew 1/4".  Here's a tutorial that breaks it down with pictures: http://stardustshoes.blogspot.com/2007/08/sewing-101-french-seam.html 

The result is a neat seam that totally encloses the raw edges, plus since chiffon's pretty light, it doesn't give tons of bulk.

As for hems, the technique that I've totally fallen in love with is something called a 'knife edge baby hem.'  In a nutshell, it involves taking a teensy fold, stitching as close to the fold as possible, clipping the remainder, folding again, and stitching.  The result is a super neat, super thin hem.  These two links from Pattern Review give some more detail (the second one has pictures - just click the little green camera by 'Web site/URL'):


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« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2008 10:53:57 AM »

My go-to book says narrow French seams. On long vertical seams, sew with a tiny zig zag. It also mentions fusible threading for the hem but I think above mentioned method sounds doable.

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« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2008 09:42:18 PM »

Depends on where you are putting them:

1. French seams are great as they enclose and cover any seams - they are easy to do and is all straight stitching, so you don't need a serger.

2. Babylock - this is a nice finish to raw edges - it's a very small overlocking and most overlockers/sergers can either do it or be set up to do it.

3. Rolled hem - as it sounds, the hem is folded over and then again (usually very small hems). If you have a rolled hem foot then this is easy peasy.

My number one suggestion however is that you make sure that your machine is set up properly.

If you have the wrong needle, the fabric won't sew properly regardless of what you are doing - use a 9 or 11 (9 is preferable). Use the correct thread and make sure your machine is threaded properly.
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