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Old 12-15-2006, 02:33 PM   #1
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how to serge without serger?

I want to finish the seams on a dress I made, but I don't have a serger so right now they look like jagged cute material. How do you finish seams without a serger? Or can my sewing machine do it and I just don't know it? I have a Janome basic model? It does like 10 stitches, but nothing that says or looks like serging.

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Re: how to serge without serger?

if your machine does a zig zag stitch you can do it.
hm check this link http://www.diapershop.com/index.php/...ewing_notions/
here's a better description http://sewing.about.com/library/grap.../aa021201a.htm


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I think honestly the best way would be to turn it under and then under again, and just finish with a straight stitch, or possibly 2 lines of straight stitch. Does that make sense? I think that would look the most finished and you wouldn't have any ragged edges at all.
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my machine has an overcasting foot, which I like to call the "faux serge". It really looks pretty close, just not quite as tidy as a serged edge. I use it all the time to make wipes, mama pads, and today I used it for the hem on a costume.
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I think honestly the best way would be to turn it under and then under again, and just finish with a straight stitch, or possibly 2 lines of straight stitch. Does that make sense? I think that would look the most finished and you wouldn't have any ragged edges at all.
That;s what I do due to the lack of having a serger.
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Re: how to serge without serger?

When I was younger i remember my mom teaching me how to do "french seams" that is what she called them, of course she was french so maybe she just made that up..lol! Anyway, she would sew the seam verytiny with the wrong sides together, then turn it right sides together(like you normally do to sew) and sew the 5/8 inch seam, thereby enclosing the whole seam..for a neat finish inside..takes longer but does look neat...
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When I was younger i remember my mom teaching me how to do "french seams" that is what she called them, of course she was french so maybe she just made that up..lol! Anyway, she would sew the seam verytiny with the wrong sides together, then turn it right sides together(like you normally do to sew) and sew the 5/8 inch seam, thereby enclosing the whole seam..for a neat finish inside..takes longer but does look neat...

that's how you make the seam on a pouch sling, btw. I've always heard it called a french feld seam, or flat-feld seam.

I'm not a big serged edge fan, I T&T everything! lol It takes longer I'm sure! Isn't the "fake" serge also called overlock stitch? Or is that something else?
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