Learning how you can finish seams will help lift your sewing from home made to hand made couture. Similar to learning about Enclosed Seams, learning and mastering a range of techniques to finish seams professionally gives you great flexibility in your projects and sewing. You will be able to pick and choose which techniques are best suited to your project, the seam you are working on and the fabric weight, giving you great results every time.
**Please note** On woven fabrics, an overlocked or serged edge is NOT a professional finish. It is a fast fashion, productionised, cheap factory finish, used in the mass production of clothing. Please do not ever think you need to spend money on gadgets or expensive machinery to produce beautiful clothing. There are so many wonderful ways to finish your seams, this is the art and craft of sewing.
The lesson also includes simple pattern pieces so alongside the seam finishes you will naturally start to learn about patterns, pattern marks and how to cut out.
Our lessons uniquely provide you with a sewn sample of each technique you are learning so you can clearly see what it is you are trying to achieve, you will have a finished example in your hands. They also provide you with all you need to sew and complete each process several times. By the end of the lesson, you will have sewn your own perfect sample and you can start building your sewing sample reference library.
You will perfect the following sewing processes:
- Hand Overcast: Single, Closed Seam
- Hand Overcast: Double, Closed Seam
- Zigzag: Open Seam
- Zigzag: Closed Seam
- Pinked and Stitched: Closed, Layered
- Single Stitched: Open
In addition, this lesson includes:
- a completed sewn sample for each process
- instruction cards/sample cards for each process
- fabric to practice each technique several times
- pattern pieces for practice
- needles and pins
- Gutermann sewing thread
All you need to have is a pair of scissors, any will do as long as they cut, no need for anything fancy, paper scissors are totally fine!
All the techniques in this lesson can be competed by either hand or by machine, whatever is your preference. Let's get sewing!
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