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« on: June 13, 2010 06:38:25 PM »

Lately I've been trying to be good and finish all my seams so that the insides look nice too. However, I can't find anything useful on finishing the crotch seam. Much of what I've been able to find online recommend serging the seam allowances, but I don't have a serger. I have an old sewing machine that can only do a straight stitch, so I can't even finish the edges with a zigzag.

Do you have any suggestions? What do you all do when sewing the crotch seam?
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2010 10:03:02 PM »

How bout a hong-kong finish? It's basically encasing the seam allowance in a narrow double-fold bias strip.

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« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2010 05:49:14 AM »

Hmmm tough one! I really can't think of anything could do with a one stitch machine. You could hand sew them but then you're taking the point away as it's unlikely to look professional if it's hand stitched. I would just keep the seams really short and tidy, then top stitch close to the edge to finish. Other than that there really isn't much you can do. (That I know of)

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« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2010 10:12:24 AM »

Well, the rest of the seams are flat-felled. Is it possible for me to flat-fell the crotch seam as well?
« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2010 09:59:52 AM »

I've just started finishing my garments with encased seams as well. On pants/shorts I do a flat felled seam on the inseam and crotch, and a french seam on the outer leg. Good luck!
« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2010 11:10:38 AM »

Thanks. I actually just decided to go for it and attempted a flat-felled seam. It turned out well enough- no weird puckers or accidental pleats; however, I seem to have made a fatal mistake when creating the pattern. *Sigh* Always a mile away from almost-perfection no matter what I try.
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