My new favorite way to finish seams

 

Single Fold Bias Tape2

I’ve been sewing more garments since I had Angela and finishing seams is always a challenge. I don’t have a serger to bind off the edges and keep the fabric from fraying. But to be honest, even though serging is the fastest way to finish a seam, I don’t really like the look of serged seams. That’s the way pretty much every cheap store-bought garment is finished, and I prefer a more polished look.

I’ve been experimenting with French seams, seam binding and I even tried a Hong Kong finish. But I have just discovered what I think is my favorite seam finish, covering the raw edge with single fold bias tape.

I discovered the new method while making a sun hat for Angela. The pattern called for sewing a ribbon over the raw edges that connect the brim to the hat. I didn’t have a ribbon that was wide enough, but I did have single fold bias tape left over from another project.

Single Fold Bias Tape1

The single fold bias tape is folded in thirds. I lined one fold up with the seam line and sewed along the fold through the seam line.

Single Fold Bias Tape2

The I folded the single fold bias tape up to cover the raw edges of the seam line. Then I used a whip stitch to secure the folded edge to the lining of the hat.

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Then the raw edges are completely covered so they won’t fray with wear and washing. Plus it looks a lot better than serged edges. This is going to be my go-to seam finish from now on.

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