Continuing on in the series about how to sew seams, for those of us without a serger.
Today, a simple one suitable for lots of applications and one I remember being taught in school a long, long time ago. Even if you have the simplest of sewing machines that only does a straight stitch, you can still get a neat result with this seam. I've seen this called either the Turned Under Seam Finish or a Clean Finish seam.
If you have a stable fabric that holds a crease well, this easy finish creates a nice neat look on the inside with minimal fuss and fancy stitching. Raw edges are protected and hidden.
1. Sew your seam as usual.
2. Press seam open.
3. Turn under raw edges 1/4 of an inch and press again neatly.
4. Try to make each side equal width for the neatest finish.
5. Stitch a line of regular stitches through the seam allowance only, on both sides.
6. Press again so the seam lies nice and flat.
Done! Makes your seams look nice and neat on the inside if you aren't using a lining.
Next in the series – Overcasting as a seam finish. Looking for previous seam finishes?