There are many types of seams you can make to hide unsightly edges and even make your garments more comfortable to wear. Take a few extra minutes with your project and try one of the techniques below so your seams look great.
1. Overlock Seams
Overlocked seams are ones commonly seen on professionally made garments. This type of stitching is usually done using serger machines; however, a basic form of the overlock stitch can also be done on all-purpose sewing machines. This is accomplished using the overlock setting and an overlock presser foot. Overlocked edges are fully enclosed in the stitching, making it a simple and clean looking option for seam finishing.
2. Zigzag Seams
Zigzag seams are very similar to the overlock seam, only done with a zigzag stitch and presser foot. The stitching also does not wrap around the edge of the fabric. Instead, after the seam is sewn, the allowance is trimmed close to the stitching.
3. French Seams
The French seam is one that is finished by pressing the two layers of the seam allowance together, encasing them in fabric, then stitching the layers in place. They are useful for lighter weight fabrics and garments where reducing bulk is important. French seams sewn on Juki sewing machines are strong, neat, and completely hide the fabric edges.
4. Mock French Seams
Mock French finishes look almost the same as French seams and can be made using a simpler technique. The allowances are pressed open, then folded in and pressed flat to make new, uncut edges. Both allowances are then stitched together, completely enclosing the cut edges.
5. Flat Felled Seams
A flat felled finish is similar to the French seam yet sturdier. This is another option when reducing bulk or making a smooth seam inside a garment is the goal. By trimming one allowance shorter than the other, you can press the longer allowance over and around the shorter one and then stitch the entire edge into place. Both edges will be hidden and the seam will lay flat against the inside of the fabric.
6. Bias Bound Seams
A bias bound seam is an easy method of making a seam. It is done using double fold bias trim tape to hide the seam allowance. Simply insert the edges of the allowance into the folded tape and then stitch the layers together on your Juki TL2010Q!
7. Hong Kong Seams
The Hong Kong finish, also known as bound seams, is a variation of the bias bound finish, with each allowance set into its own strip of double fold bias tape. The seam is pressed open and each side is stitched down onto the fabric separately creating two tape strips, one on either side of the seam. This option is good to make finished edges with heavier fabrics without creating extra bulk since the allowances are spread open and stitched flat.
The next time you are working on a project on a Juki TL2010Q and wonder what to do with those unsightly seam edges, try one of the great seam finishing techniques referenced above. These finishes are easily done on all-purpose sewing machines and make garments look professional without the need to invest in a serger. Quality Juki sewing machines are programmed with all the settings you will need to make these and other attractive seam finishes!