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Video: How to Serge Seam Allowances

Video Length: 1:02
Produced by: Evamarie Gomez

Threads author Sandra Miller shares her simple techniques for sewing common seam finishes in Threads #165 (February/March 2013) and in #166 (April/May 2013). In this quick Threads Essential Techniques video-tutorial, we bring one of her techniques to life and demonstrate how to serge together seam allowances. Serging works on nearly any fabric and can finish seam allowances separately or together. A serger also can trim the seam allowances as it stitches.

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

stitch together How to Stitch Together Seam Allowances
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stitch and pink How to Sew a Stitch and Pink Seam Finish
How to Sew a French Seam Finish

Comments (7)

conorwilliams conorwilliams writes: Nice
Posted: 4:34 am on May 13th

luizamodel luizamodel writes: superb work
Posted: 2:38 am on May 3rd

LongMMilburn LongMMilburn writes: Very nice tutorial..
Posted: 4:13 am on April 21st

DannyJane DannyJane writes: I fail to see the need for a serger in any of these videos. If your machine was made after 1990 in all liklihood you have one ore more overcast stitches on it. Together with a 'G' foot you can do any of those things. If you have an edgecutting attachment the need for a serger is reduced even further.

The only purpose or advantage a serger has is its simultaneous sew/overcast/cut ability. If you're not going to use it that way why spend the money?
Posted: 5:53 pm on June 17th

Lauraellene Lauraellene writes: These instructions really need to be done in higher contrasting thread and fabric. I'm having a hard time seeing exactly what you did. Not everyone's eyes are perfect.
Posted: 1:07 am on February 28th

DonnaFashMerch DonnaFashMerch writes: My experience as teacher and designer is that well-made garment wouldn't have both seams sewn together. This gives too much bulk to make the seam lay flat. It is done in the ready to wear industry because it takes less time through the machine and saves money. The only place I could see this done in well-made garments would be if designer wants the seams to be top stitched, ie on the back yoke of jeans or on the inside legs(rather than a flat felled seam)
Posted: 7:28 am on February 27th

LuvThreadsMagazine LuvThreadsMagazine writes: LUV these tutorials!

This one showed the sewing machine and serger working together, sharing screen time, for a stellar result. So often, the serger is treated as a stand alone, not a co-star.

Evamarie, you need to request a cigar and a studio in Hollywood - you have vision. Please bring Threads to the big screen, pronto.
Posted: 12:40 pm on February 21st

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