I’m making a dress of a gorgeous lightweight wool challis (a paisley, not that that has any bearing on this question), & have realized as I’m beginning to sew that it doesn’t have enough body for me to zigzag the seam allowances without bunching up the fabric & otherwise behaving unsatisfactorily.
Before cutting, I machine-washed the fabric & hung it to dry, and it came out wonderfully. Since I plan to continue machine-washing it, I especially want to select a seam finish that will prevent raveling. I don’t have access to a serger, so that’s not an option, & I don’t trust my sewing machine to avoid wadding up the fabric if I were to use any of its overcast or zigzag stitches. What about pinking the seams? Or is there a better answer that hasn’t occurred to me?
Thanks in advance,