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Teach Yourself to Sew

Video: How to Sew a Stitch and Pink Seam Finish

Jan 14, 2013

Victoria North and Evamarie Gomez

Threads author Sandra Miller shares her simple techniques for sewing common seam finishes in Threads issue 165 (February/March 2013) and in issue 166 (April/May 2013). In this quick video-tutorial, we bring one of her techniques to life and demonstrate how to sew a stitch and pink seam finish. This finish works best on firmly woven, lightweight fabrics such as cotton broadcloth and silk charmeuse. Try this method to achieve great looking and durable seam allowances.

Also, don’t miss Sandra’s techniques for sewing other common seam finishes.

clean finishHow to Sew a Single-Fold Clean Finish

stitch togetherHow to Stitch Together Seam Allowances

How to Sew a French Seam Finish             
How to Serge Seam Allowances                   

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  1. user-2272987 September 4th

    Susan Kahlje said she never uses pinking shears in couture sewing. That is enough for me.

  2. namaskar February 27th

    ha ha.. a pinked seam.. this requires a pinking shears that work.. never found one, no matter how much i paid.!!

  3. User avater FigMint February 27th

    I, too, would like to know about keeping (or even obtaining) SHARP pinking shears. I gave up on them years ago for that reason...always dull and they chew the fabric.

  4. user-1125658 January 23rd

    Is there a secret to making pinking shears actually CUT? I have NEW left handed ginger shears and the just 'chew' fabric. They are totally useless!

  5. LuvThreadsMagazine January 22nd

    Victoria and Evamarie, you did it again!

    My sewing universe has been expanded. Thank you!

  6. lonelysewer January 22nd

    Always nice to see diffrent ways of reaching the end result thanks.

  7. User avater CarrGrand January 16th

    It's always awesome to learn new techniques and to review old one! Both keep my skills fresh! Thanks for posting these videos!

  8. JeanneDes January 16th

    This was fun to watch and helpful in showing me a shorter way to manage fray-rone fabrics other than the flat-felled seam, french, etc. I would like more!

  9. babyfoetus January 16th

    quick and clear video - very helpful. As for other posts more detailed information can be found in books, other videos by threads, craftsy, aboutsew.com and you tube and classes!!

  10. user-1141318 January 16th

    I love the sound of the sewing machine whirring away!

  11. Sharon_Carbine January 16th

    My opinion differs from the preceding one. I am not a beginning sewer. Nonetheless, I was not familiar with the seam finishing techniques shown in the videos. Consequently, I was delighted to learn about them. Thank you!!!

  12. LindaLouise January 15th

    Very nice & helpful video's. Really appreciated the pink finish!

  13. user-1119483 January 15th

    35 seconds!?

  14. EdieT January 15th

    This is interesting for beginners, but what would be more helpful would be to show/discuss how to do these (or other) seam finishes on curves- eg princess seams etc- where the seam allowances need to be clipped to lie flat.

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