Good seams are an essential part of projects sewn on machines since they serve a number of purposes. Most importantly, these finished edges hold the fabric together and can even serve as decoration. It is no wonder that there are so many different ways this can be done on Juki machines like the Juki HZL-DX7. Depending on the project, consider one of the following finishes to add style to any garment.
Simple Techniques for Tidy Seams
Tidy and snug seams are essential for great sewing projects; without them, the project could fall apart. Following are a few simple techniques for creating neat stitched edges that will stay together, without the risk of fabric unraveling:
- Pinking - A great way to finish off the allowance on any simple seam is to trim the excess fabric with pinking shears or a pinking wheel on a rotary cutter. Pinking may look like a cute decoration; more importantly, it prevents the fabric edges from unraveling. Pinking works best on tighter fabrics that will not be washed very often.
- Zigzag Stitch - Where pinking is not appropriate or pinking shears are available, a zigzag stitch works well to retain fabric edges. Using the zigzag method that is available on most machines today, including the Juki HZL-DX7, sew the seam and then trim away any excess allowance. Trim close to the stitches but be careful not to cut any of them.
- Overcast Stitch - Overcast stitching is a function that many Juki machines and other such units have today, and it is very useful for creating secure seams. Use this method to sew at the edge of the fabric, enclosing it completely. It can also be used similarly to the zigzag seam above, sewing in further on the allowance and then trimming away the excess.
- Turn and Stitch - When securing the seam allowance is important, whether for security or just creating a flatter edge, turn and stitch is perfect. Just sew the seam normally. Then press open the allowance on the inside of the fabric and sew each side of the allowance down to the fabric. The result is a triple-sewn finished edge that will not unravel.
For those interested in trying seams that are a little more stylish and look professionally sewn, one of the following more decorative types could be perfect:
- Hong Kong - Also called bound seams, the Hong Kong type is one where the allowance edges are folded under and sewn out of sight, creating a very tight and neat looking stitched edge. Best for heavier fabrics and making finished edges that lay very flat, this technique involves wrapping the allowance in a bias tape and tacking it all down. It can be a little more involved than the techniques mentioned above, but the results are beautiful.
- French - Especially useful where a protected edge and a strong tacked edge are desired, French seams are ones that are sewn twice. By sewing the basic finished edge and then folding over the allowance and stitching it to the main fabric from the front, the results look wonderful from both the front and back. Best of all, the allowance is tucked away and securely stitched.
While many sewers may choose to use serger machines to make their seams, there are many ways that those with standard units like the Juki HZL-DX7 can also sew strong, beautiful finished edges. Consider these various methods when creating projects on Juki machines and choose the best seam for the need!