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Teach Yourself to Sew

Video: How to Create a Stitched and Pinked Seam Finish

Jan 14, 2013

Victoria North and Evamarie Gomez

Learn to stitch and pink a seam finish with this quick video demonstration. The tutorial brings to life one of the common seam finish techniques shared in a two-part article by Sandra Miller in “Teach Yourself to Sew: Seam finishes,” Threads #165 (Feb./March 2013) and Threads #166 (April/May 2013). This stitched and pinked seam finish works best on firmly woven, lightweight fabrics such as cotton broadcloth and silk charmeuse. Try this method to achieve great-looking, 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. 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.

  2. user-1119483 January 15th

    35 seconds!?

  3. LindaLouise January 15th

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

  4. 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!!!

  5. user-1141318 January 16th

    I love the sound of the sewing machine whirring away!

  6. 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, and you tube and classes!!

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. lonelysewer January 22nd

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

  10. User avater LuvThreadsMagazine January 22nd

    Victoria and Evamarie, you did it again!

    My sewing universe has been expanded. Thank you!

  11. 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!

  12. 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.

  13. namaskar February 27th

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

  14. user-2272987 September 4th

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

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