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Seam Finishing

grammy | Posted in General Sewing Info on

I have a denim embroidered fabric that has a hot pink eyelet on the reverse side. I have never seen this type of fabric before, but I had to have it. I would like to make a jacket for my granddaughter. What type of seams should I use for this project? Thank you.


  1. MargieT | | #1

    I successfully used a flat-felled seam on my jacket.  It would cover any raw edges that might fray.  Have you got Threads Number 123 {March 2006}.  It has an excellent article on jeans jackets, including suggestions for seam finishes.  Have fun!


    1. Josefly | | #2

      The flat-felled seams would work nicely to prevent the denim sa's from showing on the pink side, or vice-versa. But if your fabric is bulky or thick, as it might be if it is actually two separate layers of fabric somehow bonded or quilted together, and the flat-felled seams look to thick, a different solution would be to bind the trimmed seam allowances together with a bias strip that goes with whichever side shows the seam allowances. I have a reversible tapestry jacket done this way, and its seam allowances are bound with a thinner fabric than the tapestry. If you have eyelet on one side, and embroidered denim on the other, it does sound like two separate layers. - ?

  2. Pattiann42 | | #3

    I like both of the previous replies.  If you decide to bind the seams - how about using hot pink to match the embroidery and eyelet?

    Edited 7/17/2007 5:33 pm ET by spicegirl1

    1. grammy | | #4

      Thank you for your suggestions. I think I will try using the bias binding. Hot pink sounds perfect. Thanks again.

      1. MaryinColorado | | #5

        If you have a serger, a wrapped stitch with Wooly Nylon Extra would in the pink would be neat.  It's like the rolled hem but for heavier fabrics.  Mary

        1. Minnie63 | | #6

          Mary in CO, I agree totally!

          1. MaryinColorado | | #7

            Oh my, do I detect another serger fan?  How wonderful!!!  Mary

          2. Minnie63 | | #8

            I try. Listen, my name is Mary also but I have a brother, Ron Alonzo that lives in Denver. He and his wife are musician/singers. I go to visit every five years or so. Small world.Back to sergers, what kind do you have? Is there a new one you'd recommend?

          3. MaryinColorado | | #9

            Yes, I love my Husqvarna/Viking Huskylock 936.  I've had it for many years, never had a single problem with it, ever!  It does 2 or three thread rolled hems beautifully, chain stitch, 2-3-4 or 5 thread overlock, 2-3 thread flatlock, narrow or wide or triple coverstitch. 

             It has a sewing advisor that is wonderful and really helped me to have excellent results right from the beginning without having to read read read manuals.  It is a very solid machine with no vibration. 

             I use all kinds of threads and fibers in it, no problems with really thick stuff in the loopers.  It uses regualr Schmetz needles.

              The dealer even gave me a set of five accessory feet plus five more accessory feet for coverstitching free!  One was a Viking special, the other a dealer special.  I don't think they ever run at the same time anymore. 

            Two levels of get to know your serger classes too.  The hardest part was learning to thread it for the different uses but it is all colorcoded so once you learn it, it is easy to thread.  Easy to switch from regular to coverstitch and back.  There is a learning curve with all sergers but this one is great.  You chose the stitch and fabric type, it tells you all the tension settings.  You can also change them manually and program them to save for future use. It isn't so overcomputerized or complicated in my opinion.

            Too much info?  Many sergers are good, but I would buy this same one again!  I was new to serging when I got this one.  (I bought an inexpensive one first but never used it, it was too complicated and didn't make good stitches.  Traded it in for this one and never looked back!)  Mary

          4. Teaf5 | | #10

            Thanks for the information on sergers.  I still don't have a serger, but am thinking that it might be a nice retirement gift to myself if and when I ever get to retire!

          5. MaryinColorado | | #11

            I was still working at the time I bought it.  A big consideration was that it takes large threads and yarns so well.  Since I love playing and creating so much, that was the main consideration.  Also it had to love sheers or denim or upholstery fabrics of course, and ooooh, velvet too.

            With arthritis in my hands, my first thought was to get the serger with the jet air threading, but it didn't want to take the cord and Perle Crown Rayons and such.  I am so happy with my choice of the Huskylock 936. 

            I just found a Yahoo group for two of my machines so will have fun seeing what others are doing with them.   Mary 

          6. Pearl5 | | #13

            Hi Mary.  I have a Huskylock 910 and was not able to attend the owners' classes.  

            Can you tell me where to find a Yahoo group with info about the 910?





          7. MaryinColorado | | #14

            There are 33 serger groups at Yahoo.  I just went to thier site, did a search but none comes up specifically for the 910. 

            When I bought my machines, I always got the large owners manual.  You have to ask for it, it is not expensive and has a wealth of infomation.  Hope this helps.  Mary

  3. tmorris1 | | #12


    This post may be too late for you, but I would try a double welt seam with a nice pink thread to pick up the eyelet color.


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