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Finishing seams when there is a lining?

curlysuzieq | Posted in General Discussion on

Hello!  I just haven’t found a reliable answer on this question!  When making a jacket that will be lined, what do all of you do to finish off the seams?  I have heard sewers say they finish the seams as though the jacket has no lining and others will say they don’t bother with finishing off the seams (zig-zag or serging) becuase the lining will protect the seam.  What do all of you do?


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    Colleen56 | | #1

    Finishing seams

    Hi - my vote is for finishing the seams, even if lined.Yes it takes more time, but the pride in wearing something that has received such thorough attention - We put so much effort into taking care of other people, it's OK to do really nice things for ourselves too.

    I'm reminded of my son who added wonderful chunky baseboard trim to my sewing room...trim that was to be painted in white enamel. He took extra care to make sure that the wood grain matched on the miters. I told him how wonderful his work was, but that he didn't need to go to all that effort, that no one would ever see....his response? "But I'll know it's theret"

    One caveat - don't do anything that will prevent you fom completing and actually wearing your project! 

    1. curlysuzieq | | #3

      That is excellent advice and typically I have finished the seams, especially in a looser weave such as linen.  Thanks for the reploy!

  2. sewchris703 | | #2

    If the fashion fabric is stable and won't fray with wearing or washing, I don't finish the seams.  If I think that there will be wear and tear on the seam allowances, I'll pink the edges.  Serging or zigzagging the edges might show on the outside especially if the garmet will get pressed or ironed.


    1. curlysuzieq | | #4

      That is what I thought as well.  I am sewing a linen jacket and unfortunately it is not without frayed ends.  To be safe, I am going to finish the edges!  Thanks for the comment Chris!


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