Common Seam Finishes


An overcasting technique done on the cut edge of a fabric to prevent raveling. Usually done with a serger. Also known as overlocking.

What does a serger do?
A serger trims the seam and encloses the seam allowance inside a thread casing, all in one step.

Zig Zag

Sewing a zig zag stitch over the edge of a seam prevents the raw edge from raveling.


A finish to use on a fabric which is not susceptible, to a lot of fraying and minimal laundering. Create a regular seam, by sewing with the right sides of the fabric together, trim the edges of the seam allowance with pinking shears and press open.

French Seam

A French seam is a seam which closes all raw edges with in itself. There will be no raw edges shown. Used frequently in heirloom sewing.

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