Just recently my serger broke and I haven't gotten around to fixing it
with superglue. Anyways, what are some good ways to bind the seams or
cover them so that they aren't exposed on the inside?
Also, what is couture sewing?
If you have a newer sewing machine (maybe 20 yo) a lot of them have
stretch stitches on them that will work pretty well for you.
My old Bernette serger went out last year and I was shocked at how
inexpensive sergers have gotten. I replaced it with a $300 serger
that is really quite servicible and a lot more user friendly.
Easiest thing would probably be a zig-zag stitch. If you have the
patience for 'couture', then you can sew it by hand. I think you can
combine - zig zag on the (more) inner parts, and bind it by hand where
it might be seen.
Seams in non-fraying fabrics often don't need covering.
Pinking may be sufficient.
I use pre-graded flat-fell seams a lot.
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French seams are good on fine fabrics, and places where you don't mind
a ridge inside the garment. Very narrow french seams are often used
on sheer fabrics.
On thick, heavy fabrics, a hong-kong binding is good. I've used it
only on things that are afterward sewn down -- for the top layer of
the mock-felled seams in my wool pants, for example -- but I first
heard of it as a finish for seams that are pressed open.
You take a strip of plain bias tape with no folds pressed in -- though
I wouldn't bother to iron the folds out of commercial tape. (Well I
don't *think* I would; I haven't used commercial tape in twenty or
Match one raw edge of the tape to the edge to be finished and sew a
quarter inch from the edge. Make a narrower seam if you want a
daintier finish, a wider one if the fabric is very thick. Wrap the
tape over the edge to the back, then stitch in the ditch to make it
I'm now making a purse where I simply ran a line of straight stitching
near each raw edge before sewing the purse together. Most of these
edges were torn, so I get a fringed effect.
I've heard of turning under a quarter inch of the raw edge, then
straight-stitching to make it stay folded, but this strikes me as
clumsy, and I've never done it.
If the edge is to be cut along a drawn thread, you can zig-zag before
cutting for a very neat and flat finish. Let the zigs pierce the
fabric and the zags fall into the space where the thread has been