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Jan7's picture

BIAS SEAMS (post #24738)

I'M MAKING A SIMPLE SHORT NIGHTIE WITH JUST TWO SIDE SEAMS CUT ON BIAS.  I HAVE BASTED AND LET HANG...WOULD LIKE TO MAKE FRENCH SEAMS..SHOULD THEY BE SEWED WITH A SMALL ZIG-ZAG???  THE FABRIC IS SOFT BRUSHED BACK SATIN..

6hantung's picture

(post #24738, reply #1 of 4)

In my experience it is best to sew from the hem up to prevent the seam from stretching and becoming fluted. I have never used a zig-zag in a french seam.

Jan7's picture

(post #24738, reply #3 of 4)

Thankyou for responding.  I did as you suggested, sewed from bottom up and did use a very slight zigzag though I'm not sure it was necessary.  I think a straight stitch would have worked equally well.  Anyway it turned out nicely. 


My second problem was how to hem and could not get the Fr. seam through rolled hem foot.  Finally just carelfully machine stitched around a slight 1/4 through one thickness, hand rolled and hand stitched.  Was not a big job and looks wonderful with no ruffling.


Thankyou again..mimi too!

Mimi's picture

(post #24738, reply #2 of 4)

I've been making french seams for years and always use a straight stitch.  Sew the first steam and then press to one side, it makes a much nicer finished seam.


mimi


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Desiderata's picture

(post #24738, reply #4 of 4)

Hi, next time you sew this type of seam (bias/french), use a very small stitch length, giving more thread into the seam, thus allowing the stitch to stretch if necessary without snapping.

I have also used a very small zz stitch, not too dense, on a bias seam with success.

My only unsuccessful experience was once when I serged the edges of the seams together afterwards. I had to unpick everything. There was no 'give' and the dress didn't hang correctly.

On a regular, opaque fabric there is no need to 'finish' bias seams, they won't fray.