Finish seams


Dreamer, today you will learn about the different types of seams to give an excellent finish to your garments.

There are many ways to finish a seam, so let’s to know the essentials.

First, let’s talk about the finish seams or raw edges to get an excellent finish look and prevent fraying!

Trim seams with pinking scissors

With the right sides together, stitch a plain, open a 1/2″ seam and press the seam allowances open.

Then, with the pinking scissors, trim back the seam allowance.


It’s up to you to decide how much fabric you trim off should be sufficient to simply run along the edges.

Zig-zag stitch along the seam

Stitch your seams as usual, then trim them down.


Set your machine to the zigzag stitch setting. We usually set it to a regular 2.4-2.5mm length and 3-3.5mm wide.

Bound edges

This is a pretty edge finish. Take it in or let it out along the center back seam

  • This edge finish will hold up and stay strong.

Turned-under seams

This easy finish creates a nice look on the inside with minimal fuss stitching.


Raw edges are protected and hidden. Sew these seams on the inside if you aren’t using a lining.

Serged edges

It’s a continuous wrap of thread that wraps around the edge, with a finished width of about three-eighths.

Serging is a quick and easy way to finish rugs as it goes on quickly and also can hide imperfections or an uneven edge.

Now, let’s talk about the finish seams or raw edges to give your garments an excellent flat and neat finish.

English seam

With it, you get a good finish on both sides of the garment.

It’s also a reinforced seam ideal for the inside of pants, sleeves on shirts, and all kinds of seams that will be subjected to heavy wear with use.

We can find it in sportswear and casual wear, but mainly in garments made of denim, such as jeans, jackets, etc.

French seam

It’s applied in fine transparent fabrics such as blouses or lingerie because the finish isn’t visible.

The French seam is a little more laborious, and unlike the previous one.

It starts by placing the fabric right side to right side, sews, and turns the seam over by sewing again so that the excess is hidden.

Here we illustrate a step-by-step on how to sew a french seam

This finish seam:

  • Is Resistant
  • It’s a nice touch with this finish
  • This method is used in light fabrics

First, place the pieces of fabric facing wrong sides together.


Then, align the edges in your sewing machine.

  • Don’t forget to backstitch the sewing

When finished, the first one has to look like this.


Now, open the seam to the right side of the fabric facing up.

At this point, sew the entire seam at 3/8” seam allowance.


It's almost ready!

Finally, continue sewing the entire seam trapping the original seam allowance.

It has to look this.


If you have any doubts, check the video to follow the instructions better!

Now you know the appropriate finish seam to use in your following project, use the one better for excellent results!

We hope this post will help you to achieve it!

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