To serge or not to serge? That is the question when it comes to finishing sleeve seams. A serger machine is the best possible option when it comes to completing this task. But if you do not have one of those machines, finishing a sleeve seam may not be as easy or as enjoyable.
Tip #1: Flat sewing a sleeve seam is not the best way to go about finishing that particular task. The flat method may be easy to do but it can leave your sleeves looking bulky, baggy or ill-fitting.
How to finish sleeve seams: The easiest way to do a sleeve seam is to turn to your serger machine. Once you have it all set up you can press toward the sleeve to make sure the look stays the way you want it. You may want to narrow the seam allowance when you use this machine.
To find out more tips on how to finish sleeve seams just continue to read our article. It explores the issue to find you the best tips possible. These tips should make your sewing sleeve seams a lot easier and keep your shirts, blouses, etc. looking good.
Tip #2: Topstitching is not a recommended stitch to use. A felled seam on men’s shirts recommended. The thinking behind that tip is that the felled seam is stronger than other versions.
There are probably a few different methods to finish an arm sleeve seam. Here is just one method that may help you out:
Tip #3: pressing towards the seam will give your seam cap a fuller look. Then if you press towards the sleeve shoulder the sleeve head should appear flattered. Deciding which way to press will depend on what clothing item you are making and how you want it to look.
There are a few different methods to use. Each method though usually works for a specific clothing item. Two different methods will be placed here to give you a good idea of what you should do on your clothing projects.
1. The bodice shoulder seam
2. The armhole seam
Tip #4: To get the most out of your seam finishing, and have them last a lot longer, finish the raw edges. The reason for this step is to protect your seams from unraveling or fraying after washing or heavy use. You do not have to do this it is just an added touch.
Not everyone likes to upgrade their sewing. Some sewers like to think or take their time when sewing. Using a machine speeds up that relaxing element and doesn’t give you enough time to unwind.
For those people who do not own or want to use a serger, here are tips to help you finish seams:
For best results, woven fabrics that do not get used or washed frequently are the best fabrics to try this tip on.
There are two methods of zig-zag stitching you can do. First, you can use this stitch after you sew your seam or two, you can use it before sewing your seam with a regular stitch.
All you do is sew your seam leaving the appropriate seam allowance. The turn about 1/8 of an inch of the raw edge down and sew there. Do both sides of the seam
The twist is that you use an all-purpose foot and sew on the seam allowance. After that, you just trim away any excess you see. Just make sure not to trim the overcast stitches while you are at it.
If you want to give your clothing item and sleeve seam a little something extra, this is the method to use. Bias tape is also needed to get the look and finish you want.
For best results, use on straight not curved seams. Also, the french seam is good when you use lightweight woven or sheer fabrics
So you can see, sewing seams and finishing them are not that difficult. The hand sewing options may take a little more time but you can still produce some great finished seams using these top 6 methods.
But if you want to save yourself some work, use a serger and use the extra time for something else.
Tip #5: You do not need to finish the seams on every clothing item. Knit fabrics should not fray so those clothing items made out of that fabric do not need to have their seams finished.
Finishing seams can be a chore if you are not that experienced at sewing. But with the above tips, you should be able to get perfectly finished seams as long as you continue to work at it.
The good news is if you are not that good at finishing seams there is a serger machine waiting for you to ask it to help. Machines do make sewing clothing a lot more simple and easier to do.
Either way, you can produce great seams with a little skill and practice.