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Teach Yourself to Sew

Video: How to Create a Stitched and Pinked Seam Finish

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 | | #1

    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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    Pattiloves2sew | | #2

    35 seconds!?

  3. LindaLouise | | #3

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

  4. Sharon_Carbine | | #4

    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. Lessing | | #5

    I love the sound of the sewing machine whirring away!

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    JoLaFleur | | #6

    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!!

  7. JeanneDes | | #7

    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!

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    CarrGrand | | #8

    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 | | #9

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

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    LuvThreadsMagazine | | #10

    Victoria and Evamarie, you did it again!

    My sewing universe has been expanded. Thank you!

  11. user-1125658 | | #11

    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!

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    FigMint | | #12

    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 | | #13

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

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    MissyW76 | | #14

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

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